HomeKit might be fading, but Apple’s not giving up yet
The company is reportedly hiring engineers to turn HomeKit aroundThe recruiting efforts come as Apple is struggling to compete with both Amazon and Google in the smart home market. Part of the problem is that Apple currently has a much smaller ecosystem of compatible third-party smart home products. Google says that there are over 10,000 devices compatible with its platform, while Amazon claims to have 85,000. In contrast, Bloomberg notes, Apple lists just 450 HomeKit-compatible devices on its website, despite easing the requirements for making HomeKit devices two years ago.
Apple , Amazon , Google and the Zigbee Alliance on Wednesday said they're forming a working group to develop and promote a new standard for smart home products. The goal of the group, called the Connected Home over IP project , is to "simplify development for manufacturers and increase
Amazon , Apple and Google will work together to create a new common standard that will make it easier for smart devices to speak to each other . Those are the four smart home technologies of the main founding members and any new protocol would need to be compatible with their devices.
Apple , Amazon , Google and the Zigbee Alliance said Wednesday they're to develop and promote a new standard for smart home products. The goal of the group, called , is to "simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers."
The new smart home standard will be built upon IP, or Internet Protocol. In a mobile apps , and cloud services." Security will be a fundamental design tenet of the new protocol, according to the group., Google said using IP will enable "end-to-end, private and secure communication among smart devices,
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Google , Amazon and Apple (plus others ) have created Connected Home Over IP, a new working group managed by the Zigbee Alliance, which aims to develop a new , open smart home connectivity standard based on Internet Protocol (IP). For consumers, this will mean that stuff just works together
Amazon , Apple , Google , Zigbee Alliance and board members form working group to develop open standard for smart home devices. Seattle and Cupertino, Mountain View and Davis, California — Amazon , Apple , Google , and the Zigbee Alliance today announced a new working group that plans
If the working group is successful, the new standard could mean devices from different companies will work better together and with the virtual assistant of your choice, such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri.
Zigbee Alliance board member companies that are expected to join and contribute to the project include Ikea, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, Somfy and Wulian.
Originally published Dec. 18, 6:13 a.m. PT.
Update, 6:28 a.m.: Adds more information on the Connected Home over IP project.
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