Interesting read on Nest and Google!
Apple, Google and Amazon have been investing in IoT to achieve first-mover advantage. In 2014 Apple announced the launch of HomeKit, marketed as home automation platform. The first shipment of devices, manufactured by Ecobee and Phillips Hue, are set to appear in retail later in 2015.
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Commenting in an official blog post on Tuesday, Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) said that once again it is “changing things up.”
“Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC,” the company said in its blog. “These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop!”
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Google is making a Wi-Fi router as part of its ambition to provide better Internet connections that make it easier for people to access its digital services and see more of its online advertising. The device will go on sale in stores in the U.S. and Canada for $269 (Canadian) in late August or early September. Google is touting the cylinder-shaped OnHub as a leap ahead in a neglected part of technology.
OnHub will be compatible with Zigbee & Thread, Bluetooth Smart and one of the first Google Weave Standard offerings as well – Here comes another big player Home Automation hub!
Hmm, Z-Wave is missing?!
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