The modern home revolution is well under way, with Apple recently announcing they are joining in on the ‘Smart Home’ future by creating a platform called HomeKit, which will eventually allow people to use their iPhone devices to control their house, from the front door locks to the refrigerator and everything in between. Apple’s goal is to turn the iPhone and iPad into communication hubs for talking to each other in the home.
If you think this sounds awesome but slightly creepy, be rest assured that android lovers will not be left out in the lurch either. Although Google hasn’t announced plans for a similar platform just yet, they have been eyeing the concept of home automation too, with them recently acquiring the smart thermostat and fire alarm company Nest for $3.2 billion, and are also reportedly seeking a possibly acquiring of the startup Dropcam, with makes Wi-Fi connected cameras record and share footage in the cloud.
Both Apple and Google have big plans for the ‘Smart Home’ industry, and with two major tech both interested, convenience and compatibility will be major factors to influence home automation experience.
Apple has stated they want third-party providers and manufacturers to join their HomeKit platform, meaning consumers will have to make a definite choice if they want to be an Apple-centric home. In other words, if the kids have Samsung Galaxies and the parents have iPhones – it may create a split smart-home experience if Google and Apple don’t play nice together.
“Many devices in the coming months will be built with Bluetooth low energy compatibility and the entire ecosystem will grow rapidly, but at the end of the day, consumers will be missing mobile device support for other platforms, such as Android and Windows,” said Radek Tadajewski, CEO of oort, a company that makes smart home devices.
“Families are not all on a single platform and they don’t want to be locked into one,” he added. “I love products from Apple, but my wife will never agree to switch from her Samsung Galaxy to an iPhone. My mother is staunchly in the Android camp as well,” Radek adds.
Although there are around 200 million iPhones and iPads with iOS 7, there are just as many using Android and Windows who won’t be able to use Apple’s HomeKit, and this can cause issues in the long term, as Radek says, nobody wants to be locked into one platform without choice and freedom in moving around it.
“They will need to wait for a universal cross-platform solution, and Apple is essentially asking consumers to pick one platform and force their whole families to use it,” Tadajewski said.
Experts believe this smart home revolution will have a widespread effect on the way we live until 2025.
So, who would you rather live in? A Google or Apple house? For me personally, I would rather live in a Google house.
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