Verizon and Motorola: Use Your Phone to Control Your House
Motorola Mobility and Verizon Communications today launched a new service called Home Monitoring and Control. The service lets customers monitor and control select facets of their household — lights, thermostat, video monitoring, security — remotely from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Home Monitoring and Control makes use of Motorola's 4Home service. 4Home has two components: client software, which sits locally on the home network and/or device such as a smartphone; and a server, which is in the cloud. These two components together allow consumers to manage their home from anywhere with multiple user interfaces. From the client software, users can turn lights on or off, raise or lower the thermostat, view web cams within the house, and access security system settings and tools. The service is being offered to Verizon's home internet/TV customers. Verizon didn't provide details on the smartphone application or when it will become available.
Insteon Unveils HomeKit-Enabled Home Control App
Insteon today announced the Insteon App, a comprehensive iOS app that lets you control a wide variety of HomeKit-compatible home automation gear. Via Apple's HomeKit, the app controls gear using the Insteon standard as well as competing standards such as ZigBee and Z-Wave.
Google Home Gains More Home Automation Powers
Google today expanded the number of third-party smart home apps that can be controlled by its Google Home product. Owners of Google Home can now control Belkin Wemo and Honeywell smart home products via Google Home.
Moto Smart Speaker Goes On Sale November 13 for $150
Motorola today said the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa will become available over the coming week. Amazon, Best Buy, and Motorola will each kick off pre-orders for the modular attachment starting November 7, with general sales commencing November 13.
Apple Home App Ties Together Home-Based Tech
Apple today showed off Apple Home, a new app based on HomeKit to help control connected devices around the home. Apple Home will work with any HomeKit-compatible gear so people can adjust lights, open garage doors, and adjust the thermostat, and even interact with video doorbell apps.
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