May 18, 2016
As more Smart Home devices hit the market, the need for connectivity and device communication remains as important as ever. Amazon filled this need with the introduction of the Echo smart speaker and subsequent slew of partnerships. Amazon made Alexa a viable voice for any Smart Home by creating a multi user environment and inviting other companies to easily integrate.
Amazon’s strategy has been paying off, as it has led to impressive interest and satisfaction with consumers. Nest recently announced that the company will open its Thread Smart Home framework to third party developers. This move will make it easy for Smart Home device manufacturers to use Nest’s network instead of building their own from scratch. By opening the doors to their previously walled garden, Nest is inviting the rest of the market to easily communicate using their protocol. Currently, Smart Home users show far more interest in Amazon’s solution than Nest’s, will this open framework help Nest gain mindshare as a Smart Home ecosystem? We will continue to track consumer perception, check back on this blog for updates.
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