Companies in home energy management say Google's decision to retire PowerMeter reflects the difficulty of the residential energy efficiency business.
Joining a burgeoning field of tech giants focused on health, the Web giant will unveil new platform in late June, Forbes reports.
Google's decision to unplug home electricity-monitoring application PowerMeter is a sign of how difficult it has been for home energy apps to catch on.
Google axes health records and home energy use-monitoring services, citing lagging adoption.
Some companies, like Nest, have proven that home energy-use systems can be consumer-friendly. Maybe this is why Google is reportedly giving such a device another try.
Larry Page recruits Art Levinson, chairman at both Genentech and Apple, to run the new health-focused company.
Google signs on the makers of PowerCost Monitor to track electricity data either through a dedicated monitor or Google's PowerMeter Web application on PC or smartphone.
The CEO charms the Google faithful in an informal Q&A to wrap up the I/O keynote, but his answers cleverly complain about industry backstabbing while promising a utopia driven by tech.
Google.org's home electricity monitoring Web app gets feature for organizing energy efficiency jobs, pitting PowerMeter in more direct competition with Microsoft's Hohm.
A cool new experiment uses HTML5 to turn any Web site into a 3D labyrinth and any smartphone running Chrome into a game controller.