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No more Nexus? Google's phone may get a new nameReports hint that Google may have some new plans in store for its phones -- and the company is also reportedly shaking up the Nest smart-home team.
Hey Ashley. Hey. How's the baby? Good, we're trying to be discrete. Ready to take back update? I think so, I mean I didn't make as much over the summer, right. [LAUGH] You missed a lot. We gotta get you back in shape. Who owns LinkedIn? Microsoft. Who owns Yahoo? Verizon. [SOUND] Who owns jet.com? Walmart. [SOUND] Who owns Theranos? [SOUND] Trick question. Aah! How are you gonna be the very best when all you're catching is Pidgeys? Pidgey, Bridgey, Pidgey, Bridgey, Bridgey, Pidgey. Trying. I've been away too long, I need more likes, I'm losing followers! Put your Snapchat into your Instagram Stories. Okay. There you go. Now you're getting it. Okay. Okay, Bridget you're ready. It's time. All right. Thanks Ashley. [MUSIC] Here we go. Is the end near for Nexus Phones? Google may no longer make phones under the Nexus branding, at least that's according to a report from the website Android Central. Sources told the blog that Google wants to put more of a focus on Google branding. And move away from the Nexus name. Also, the Android interface may also come with some extra software. Instead of the usual, pure, no-fluff Android experience free of bloatware. This isn't the first time we've heard of Google changing up its phone plans. Earlier this summer, The Guardian reported that Google is making its own branded phone, to be released by the end of the year. If it's not called Nexus, what could it be called? The Google Phone? The G? We'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile the parent company, Alphabet, is also shaking things up in the smart world by taking some Nest developers and moving them into Google. That's according to a report from Fortune. Nest labs makes internet connected thermostats and smoke detectors, and it sits under the alphabet umbrella. As you may recall, when Google purchased Nest in 2014, the company promised that Nest would remain independent. But now, hm, the report says Google is absorbing some Nest software engineers to work on Google Home Which is Google's competitor to the Amazon Echo. That's it for this tech news update. And a big thanks to all of your lovely messages while I was out on maternity leave. Support from fans like you makes it easier to come back. I'm Bridget Carey. You can stay on top of the biggest stories at CNET. COM/UPDATE. Who owns Yahoo? Brazens Nope. That's not. Wait, yes, that's right. Wait, yeah that's right it is. Free, [LAUGH] Don't fall.