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It's been just over three months since we gave you an exclusive look at EnergySense, Google's attempt to jump start their home management offerings. Now it looks like they're ending support for the project, closing down the web and Android apps that are currently in the test phase. This is the email sent to the EnergySense testers from Google.

Subject: EnergySense program winddown
Greetings Trusted Testers,

Our Trusted Tester trial has come to an official close, and in the next two weeks Google will stop actively supporting EnergySense. As of March 31, the EnergySense web and mobile apps will stop working, although your thermostat will continue to operate with its regular schedule.

The good news is that you can continue to control your thermostat using ecobee’s web app, Android app, and iOS app, available at www.ecobee.com, Google Play, and the Apple App Store. You should use your ecobee username (probably the email address you used to sign up) and password to sign in, and all of your existing settings and schedule should be in effect without any disruption.

We’d like to thank you again for your help in testing EnergySense.

Cheers,

The EnergySense Team

EnergySense allowed users to remotely set and program a compatible thermostat through a web interface and a beta Android app. If that sounds familiar, it's because the Nest thermostat does pretty much the same thing. Google purchased Nest lock, stock, and heating vents back in January, about a month after we caught wind of the EnergySense program. There's no definitive statement that EnergySense is being abandoned in favor of Nest, or indeed something new from the Nest team, but it would make a lot of sense.

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The Nest acquisition alone shows that Google is committed to home automation and management. At least some of the Nest team is being integrated into Google's primary hardware development team. Yesterday's reveal of the Android Wear watch platform included a nifty command to open a garage door from an Android-powered watch, so clearly Google has big things waiting in the wings. We might hear more about it at this year's Google I/O - keep your fingers crossed.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    It's a pity to see Google abandoning services so willingly ever so often.

    • Aaron Berlin

      Did this even launch?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Nope.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        Doesn't even matter to me that much.
        All I know is that I would be pretty reluctant to rely on a service offered by Google.
        Gmail probably won't be abandoned.
        Other services were and will be.

        • Cory_S

          So, they should just launch services without testing them, and then support them until the end of time?

        • sdcoiner76

          Considering this was just a trail service for select people I am not surprised. Companies do this all the time with new product and services. EnergySense was just an app and website that worked with an Ecobee thermostat, Ecobee has an app and websitethat does basically the same functions for the people with this thermostat.

    • aSquard

      If you're still talking about reader (Is that what it was? I honestly never used it), I can't help you. But if a process you've created isn't useful anymore, or somehow doesn't apply to the end goal - why keep supporting it? It's wasting time (money) and resources (more money)

      • Brendan Dillon

        Don't talk sense! Google should have supported Reader no matter how few people used it, how much it cost and regardless of whether they developed other, better options.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Too bad. Figured the Nest acquisition was meant to tie into this, not replace it.

    Well, I'm sure combined we'll end up with something better.

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  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    But - but - but it was soooooo beautiful =(

  • Zyre

    Probably only bought them for the damn patents ...

    • testure

      Another Tombstone to add to Google's graveyard!

  • Sir_Brizz

    This is definitely one downside of being an early adopter of fringe Google services.

    • Stylus_XL

      Yes, it must be such an inconvenience to knowingly sign up for a very limited product test program, have the company conclude the test after analysis, then for them to transfer further support to the manufacturer of the test hardware with all settings in tact. Those poor people.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    It's pretty awesome that you guys tracked the lifecycle of a product that never actually launched.

  • Willie D

    Considering I never heard of Eco..whatever it is, or its thermostats, I highly doubt it will be missed when compared to Nest products.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I didn't even know EnergySense existed.

  • miller1975

    The objective has been to manage power usage. So their focus was the thermostat. But as Steve Jobs predicted in his last tech conf.-- it's no longer about powerful hardware. This is the "internet of things"
    Opower's strategy was to first connect with the utility consumer in order to influence their usage through incentives. And they have connected. Plus, they now offer the thermostat (as they've partnered with Honeywell, the leading thermostat manufacturer)

    Is Nest replacing this?...
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/class-action-lawsuit-nest-claims-thermostats-dont-work-advertised/#!EmQyz