Google recently added an update for its Pixel smartphone to allow owners to control their Smart Home devices from Home Control, a digital control panel.
Owners can request Google AI assistant to control various third-party devices, including Belkin WeMo, Samsung SmartThings and Philips Hue. Google Assistant is available on Pixel and Pixel XL phones, but rumor has it Google AI will also be featured on the new LG G6, along with Amazon Alexa. Of course, you know that rumors can be uncertain, so everyone will need to wait until the phone is officially launched at MWC 2017 to find out the truth.
This update will push Smart Home control out of the hub-based ecosystem to device-based, which is something that everyone has been anxiously awaiting. Google’s move into the American Smart Home market is still a work in progress.
Allowing owners to utilize their Pixel smartphone to control Internet-connected gadgets will allow for wider available and lower entry costs, boosting the number of users entering into Google’s Smart Home ecosystem.
VoiceLabs, an analytics company for Google Home and Amazon Alexa developers, recently released a report that projects the total device footprint of voice-activated gizmos will reach 33 million by the end of 2017. In a previous report finds 6.5 million connected devices shipped in 2016 and 1.7 million in 2015.
VoiceLabs projects that 24.5 million new voice-enabled devices will be shipped and Samsung, Microsoft and Apple may very well unveil their own voice-enabled hardware in 2017.
Amazon continues to dominate the market with roughly 7 million in homes worldwide, while Google is just getting started.
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