Smart Home News Roundup

The smart home industry is busy! Check out the latest news and innovations in our monthly roundup of smart home stories:


Fire Tvs Are Getting Expanded Alexa Controls, New Smart Home Features:

Owners of Fire TVs will now be able to pair them with any Echo device and control them with voice commands.


Google adds more partners to growing smart home ecosystem: In an effort to better compete with Amazon and Alexa, Google continues to add partners that are compatible with Google Assistant and Google Home.


'Who's there?' Amazon's Echo sees potential beyond voice in smart home security: Amazon Smart Home is continuing to add home security products, including many that allow users to unlock doors and arm or disarm security systems with voice commands.


The Swidget is a modular outlet that aims to customize your smart home experience: The Swidget is on Kickstarter and comes with swappable inserts, such as a USB charger, night light, and a Wi-Fi insert.


Apple unveils smart home experiences in its retail stores worldwide: To help customers understand how it works, Apple is launching interactive HomeKit experiences in 46 of its retail stores worldwide.


Bluetooth is getting a big upgrade to make it better for smart homes: Bluetooth has added mesh features, which would allow Bluetooth devices to create a mesh network for better wireless communications.




Bryan Glass