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Google Home Update Adds 12 New Partners, Including August Home

Google launched its voice-activated speaker in 2016 and is preparing for roll out in UK and Europe on April 6, 2017. The Google Home is a big competitor of the Amazon Echo, which launched on June 23, 2015. This time difference gave the Echo a huge start, with over 10,000 “skills”, but the Google Home is dedicated to proving its potential in the Smart Home industry.

After a major update, Google Home users can now utilize the Google Assistance to control third-party connected devices from 12 different companies, including Lifx, August, Rachio, Wink, First Alert, TP-Link, Vivint, Frigidaire, Best Buy Insignia, Geeni, Anova and Logitech Harmony.

 

August Smart Lock

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Amazon Adds Smart Lock Control To Alexa’s Collection Of Native Abilities

Over a week ago, Amazon added a Door Lock Application Program Interface to the Alexa Skills Kit, in an attempt to simplify Smart Lock control for users. This update improved voice commands for Smart Lock partners, including Kwikset, August, Z-Wave, Schlage, Yale and Vivint.

As mentioned in a previous article I’d written, this would simplify the locking process, but due to security vulnerabilities, Amazon decided not to launch unlock support at this time.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock

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Amazon Unveils New Door Lock API To Simplify Alexa Commands

Amazon’s new Door Lock API, application program interface, was added to Alexa Skills Kit. The API will improve voice commands for a several of the company’s lock partners, including Z-Wave, August, Yale, Vivint, Kwikset and Schlage.

The Skill name must be included in the voice command. For instance, Schlage Sense customers utilizing an Alexa custom Skill must say, “Alexa, ask Schlage to unlock my front door.” Some customers will find this voice command a little too lengthy, while others will just be happy to be able to control their Smart Lock with Alexa.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock

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A Comprehensive Smart Lock Buying Guide

Are you contemplating replacing your front door lock with a Smart Lock? Is so you will need to initiate a comprehensive search to find the perfect Smart Lock for your home. As you well know, the existing deadbolt securing your front door has served its purpose, by keeping out unwanted visitors. While many homeowners find the conventional lock suitable for their needs, others are looking for something more innovative and convenient.

 

Schlage Connect Smart Lock

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Liven Up Your Life With Vinclue’s Gatebox Holographic Anime Virtual Assistant, Aizuma Hikara

Have you contemplated purchasing the Amazon Echo, because you were intrigued with Alexa, the voice-automated assistant? Of course you have, but you may want to save your money and invest it in the intuitive Gatebox. The Gatebox, the Virtual Home Robot, features Aizuma Hikari, a voice-automated holographic anime girl.

 

 

Gatebox Virtual Home Robot, With Aizuma Hikari

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Google Rolls Out New Actions For Its Network-Connected Speaker – Home

Anxious consumers, who preordered the Google Home finally, received news that their order was being shipped on November 16, 2016. Many customers were thrilled with their purchase, but others not so much, with complaints ranging from lack of versatility, to the inability to create a calendar. With this said, Google home is showing a ton of potential, but it has a long way to go to catch up with Amazon’s Echo.

 

Google Home Smart Speaker

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Amazon Establishes A Partnership With Intel To Extend Natural Voice Interaction

With such a variety of Smart interconnected products on the market, consumers will not have any issues making their home smarter. To move things on a little faster, Amazon partners with Intel to advance the Smart Home ecosystem even further. The companies will be working on two reference designs for an Intel-based Smart speaker, with Amazon Alexa integration.

Amazon Echo, With Speech Recognition Capabilities

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Smart Home Devices Are The Perfect Gift For A Couch Potato

Smart-connected devices are blowing up the market, because they offer innumerable benefits. For instance, a Smart remote control can be used to activate an electric outlet, switching the connected appliance or device on/off, from across the room. More and more consumers are filling their home with Smart Home appliances, electronics, lighting fixtures and other home accessories. All the while, the universal remote continues to get smarter and more powerful.

 

Samsung Smart TV

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The Music Industry Is Being Revolutionized By Smart Home Technology

Smart-Connect Technology has already taken over the lock, appliance, and automotive industry. This innovative technology provides home and business owners with additional security, energy saving benefits, and complete control from smartphones. With this said, manufacturers in the music industry are catching on to the increased popularity of the IoT and Smart Home Technology. There are several Smart devices on the market that can stream music from smartphones and tablets. These devices may include anything from light fixtures to portable speakers such as the Amazon Echo.

 

Amazon Smart Speaker Echo

Amazon Echo, With Alexa

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Google Preparing To Roll Out Home, A Smart Home Assistant Device

Google gradually enters the Smart Home industry, with plans to take on the Amazon Echo. The Google Home was announced in May and is expected to hit the market on November 4, 2016. Home operates on Google’s new voice assistant, which is also embedded into Google’s first smartphone, “Pixel”. The company hopes the intuitive Assistant will deliver a “two-way conversation”, just like Facebook Messenger’s chat-bots.

 

Google Home Smart Speaker

 

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