Google evolves its Home ecosystem
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Google evolves its Home ecosystem

Last November, Google launched its connected home product, Home. Positioned against Amazon’s Echo, Home has had a rather quiet few months – but in that time, Google has been building some key partners and setting the stage for a product that has serious potential to bring the concept of the smart home to life.

Check out Home’s promo video below:

Last year, the company added Nest, Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings to its Home ecosystem. This month, they’ve added two more names: Honeywell and Belkin.

Google’s has a good week

SOURCE: Yahoo Finance

Honeywell is a 111-year old conglomerate that has added its connected thermostats into Home’s impressively growing functionality. Now, users can reel off commands into thin air like “Ok Google, turn the temperature up downstairs,” and – like something out of a sci-fi movie, it will happen.

Belkin has contributed its selection of WeMo home automation switches and plugs. They are available to add in this week, and TechCrunch reports that users will even be able to ask questions like “Ok Google, did I leave the bedroom lights on?”

But the big news is the fact that – at some unspecified point in the future – Google plans to bring home automation to its popular Pixel handset. At that point, connected homes will become truly seamless, without even the need for speakers around the house. 

Disclosure
Dominion holds Alphabet, the parent company of Google, in its Global Trends Managed Fund. 



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