Nest Protect Gen 2 Smoke & CO Alarm: Mounting Base Not Compatible With Gen 1. Are You Kidding Me Google?

I was an early adopter of Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarms.  I installed four of them in my house 7-years ago.

Unfortunately, the carbon monoxide alarms expire since their sensors have a limited lifespan.  1st gen Nest Protect has to be replaced after 7 years.

Google is a technology company.  They should know something about making an upgrade compatible with previous generations of a product.  To my shock and dismay, the mounting hole patterns in Gen 2 Nest Protect are not compatible with Gen 1 mounts.  This makes what should have been a super easy replacement essentially a new install.

Nest Protect Gen 1 vs. Gen 2 mount baseThe Gen 2 Base is on the left.

Shame on you Google.  How difficult would it have been to make a base adapter so I didn’t have to drill new holes?

Drill new holes