I’m surprised by the number of responses that are apparently supporting Google’s choice. Hmmm…
I believe Revolv customers have every right to be upset if at the time of their purchase the product did not clearly indicate that their products are dependent on a web-based service that might be discontinued at any time.
I wish I could say that this is a surprising tactic by Google, but I’m not. It’s interesting how a well established, well funded, incredibly intelligently staffed, and successful company can do so much to undermine its image. If they keep this up, pretty soon they will make Apple look good.
Anyway, this is a perfect example why I have chosen not to be at the mercy of any single outside service provider. That’s critical for something that I want to exist as a set-and-forget service for long periods of time, such as home automation. (My servers run Debian, and for home automation I chose to go with Universal Devices; their product has some warts, but at least I have full control and ownership over everything.)