Investing In The Right Smart Home Ecosystem Is Key In Building Your Connected Home.
Google recently announced that Works With Nest is coming to an end. This service allowed for an open ecosystem where different connected devices could work together seamlessly. The bottom line is that cloud is although useful is not on our side and is not free. By putting WWN to an end, Google stopped the functionality of a great many devices.
My Philips Hue lights now no longer turn off when my Nest thinks the house is empty, and my Rachio sprinkler controller won’t turn on my irrigation system if my Nest Protect detects my house in on fire.
This is a stark reminder of the fact what the companies choose to offer, they can also retract. Skydrop, a smart sprinkler, recently locked out its users and started requiring payment for the services. GLAS, a smart thermostat, stopped offering Cortana voice support. Revolv Smart Home hub closed its doors a couple of years back. Leeo Smart Alert is going down the same path.
With so many popular and functional products ending their reign, it is hard to trust which products won’t leave you high and dry. Cost, as always, is always a major concern which is why most companies have now started charging a fee. With this, an open ecosystem looks more and more unattainable.
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