Google Home Outage Shows Smart Homes Can Be Dumb Sometimes – ExtremeTech

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Google launched its Google Home hardware last year as a way to bring the Google Assistant into your daily life. Unlike Assistant on a phone, Home is designed for everyone to use, and it launched with various smart home integrations like Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats. Google has been talking a big game when it comes to voice recognition and control, but a small hiccup on Google’s end over the weekend is a reminder just how fragile a “smart home” platform can be.

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Apple Frees Up Its Smart Home Platform To Kickstart Development

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At a Wednesday morning developer session at this year’s WWDC, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with. Developers no longer have to get an MFi license to start controlling prototypes of smart home gadgets. They can even develop prototypes on top of popular developer boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. But once these developers want to bring a product out commercially, they still have to go through MFi certification. Nevertheless, this should make it easier for developers to start building HomeKit products.

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