Will Amazon Or Google Control The Smart Home Frontier?
Google and Amazon are having a tiff once again over Nest and Smart home. Amazon refused to list any new products from Google or Nest’s smart home series. In response, Nest has decided not to restock with Amazon once the existing stock sells out.
Though it looks like the command regarding this decision has come from Amazon’s CEO, it was not mentioned specifically. Though Nest will no longer be stocking up on Amazon, it is not clear if other-third party vendors will be allowed to.
Amazon is putting in all efforts to sell its voice assistant, Alexa. Over the last year, it has gradually moved into the smart home market. Last week, it acquired Ring for $1 billion.
Basically, both want to monitor customers’ smart home usage and try to snatch up as much auditory information as possible while they’re there via smart speakers that can listen in on verbal commands, all in the hopes of building better ad profiles.
In 2015, Amazon pulled Chromecast off the shelves because Google did not give easy access to Prime Video. In response, Google stooped YouTube access to Amazon’s Fire TV and Show. Later, Amazon accepted to sell Chromecasts on its platform.
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