Your Smart Home Devices May Someday Play Nice With Each Other If Apple, Amazon, Google, & Zigbee Have Their Way

This morning it was announced that Apple, Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance have formed a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard for smart home products. In other words, someday you won’t have to choose whether you want devices that support HomeKit or some other standard. Everything will just work together. Or at least that’s the goal.

This whole effort is called Project Connected Home over IP and the goal is laudable as having different standards doesn’t do much to advance the concept of the connected home. As long as all these companies with competing interests play nice with each other as there has often been times where efforts like this fall apart due to the fact that companies sometimes can’t play nice in the sandbox with other companies. We’ll have to see how far this effort gets and if anything that benefits the consumer actually appears on store shelves.

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