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Google Home Adds Compatibility Support to More Third-party Devices

May 4, 2017

When shopping for a home automation system, it is best to pick a system with third-party device and app compatibility. This means you will not have only to buy devices from one vendor. Amazon Echo developers know this, so they created the Echo with compatibility with many third-party smart devices. Google, on the other hand, has been a little slow adding third-party compatibility support but they are finally catching up.

Adding more compatibility

For the challenging task of adding compatibility, Google must find quality devices that it can associate with its brand and that work great with their product. The devices they ended up adding include Best Buy Insignia, LIFX, TP-Link, Wink, as well as others. These devices have very interesting features. For instance, the Insignia Plug helps turn everyday appliances into automated devices. You can also dim LIFX lights and make them change color.

You can now use Google Home to control plugs produced by TP-Link and Wink-compatible lighting products like outlets, dimmers, switches, and light bulbs.

Logitech Harmony and August features

Other products that can now work with Google Home include Logitech’s Harmony line, August, Rachio, Electrolux Frigidaire, Geeni, and Anova. For Logitech’s Harmony Line, the Google Home voice command “Ok Google, ask Harmony to…” can open a specific app on Roku; control your connected speakers; skip backward and forward on content and more for Logitech’s smart home platform.

You can also use Harmony’s “Good Morning” activity that triggers Philips Hue lights to turn into a warm color, adjust your thermostat, and begin playing music all at the same time. This is exciting for Google Home users especially because Logitech’s Harmony Elite, Companion and Hub smart home tech can be used with more than 200,000 devices. Imagine controlling that amount of devices using Google Home voice control.

For August, Google Home is only the latest among the big tech companies to feature compatibility. Yes, August already features compatibility with Apple and Amazon. However, Google Home only provides the ability to check August Smart Lock status. August indicated they are working with Google to create a safe and secure way to allow unlocking through Google Assistant.

Expansion is the goal

Google is well aware that the more functionality they add onto their products, the more customers they will lure. A bigger ecosystem also allows the technology company more flexibility as it spreads into more markets. It is already heading to the UK.

However, this move to add more products into its ecosystem could also be in reaction to other companies like Huawei and Motorola announcing that they will embrace Alexa. Google needs to maintain its relevance in the home automation market and surpass companies like Amazon and Samsung. Both Samsung and Amazon have gotten aggressively creative in the automation industry especially now that Apple is giving hints that it is about to enter the game in a big way.

Google Home’s November release may be the reason they are yet to dominate the automation market. For more information about home automation, please visit our website.

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