Nest wants anyone, even Apple, to start writing software for its products

Nest is about to give its Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector a big potential boost in functionality. The Google-owned company has just launched its developer program and API, which will let anyone write software that can integrate with Nest’s products. The initiative was first announced last September, but Nest’s developer portal is now open after a year of work to anyone with a free Nest account.

Greg Hu, senior product manager at Nest, said the program’s goal was let anyone with a connected platform talk to Nest’s products. “It could be software, it could be hardware, it could be a service,” Hu says. “You just need a connected platform and that’s it.” To show off what its new platform can do, Hu and the Nest team have…

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