Google Home Gets More Expansion; 12 More Products Are Integrated To It

By Jeff Thompson - 29 Mar '17 05:30AM

The smart speaker from tech major, Google Home gets more integration as 12 more brands decided to join hands with it. The move is considered to increase the popularity and accessibility of the device to greater levels, and it is an alarming signal for other industry players like Amazon Alexa and other smart assistant systems.

According to the announcement, tech products from 12 firms can be controlled by Google Home, and that are August, Wink, Lifx, Rachio, TP-Link, Best Buy Insignia, Vivint, First Alert, Anova, Frigidaire, Logitech Harmony, and Geeni. Some of the functions that can be used by Google Home includes August that would let users lock its smart lock system, and users can check whether it is locked or not at a later point of time; Wink allows to set thermostat or control lights that are connected to Wink Hub; TP-Link permits to control the switches, smart lights, and outlets, etc.

This is a major update to the smart speaker since its launch last November, and initially, it was available only to four platforms namely IFTTT, SmartThings, Philips Hue, and Nest. Later, it has added Belkin WeMo and Honeywell to the list. The device was considered to be trailing to Alexa due to the limited platforms and no further update to expand its capabilities. Even with the latest development, the device has to go miles to compete with Alexa as it has more than "10,000 skills" now.

The new announcement  has expanded the territories of the device including smart locks, air conditioner, sprinklers, sous vide cooker, etc. Interestingly, the device is going global now with its announcement to enter the U.K. market. Also, there is an announcement that came that it would be introduced to the rest of Europe in April. The expansion and development of its capabilities in the coming years is critical, and that can decide the fate of device.

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