Various product categories are emerging, however in this rapidly developing market, it is unclear how things will settle in the long-term. It is a good idea to check how any new products you get connect with your existing smart home products. However, this means that as you get smart home technology, you increasingly tie yourself into a product or service ecosystem.
Building on the popularity of the Alexa digital personal assistant, Amazon have recently released a whole range of new smart products, such as the Amazon Show, a speaker, touchscreen and camera in one device. A large number of manufacturers and developers are now trying to make products that are smoothly compatible with Alexa.
Google has entered the smart home market with its Home Hub device and the Google Assistant. The data and resources Google have available give them some good advantages when developing a knowledgeable and well-connected digital personal assistant.
Apple’s Homekit technology connects with their digital personal assistant, Siri. Apple devices are designed to be quality and inclusive. Their tendency to create closed integrated systems is generally advantageous in terms of smooth interaction with Apple’s products, but disadvantageous in terms of flexibility to connect with outside devices.
Samsung have a strong presence in both the mobile technology and traditional home appliance marketplaces. They are using this position to their advantage as the smart home market develops. Samsung’s SmartThings Hub connects with the wide range of their products.
A few examples of UK retailers selling smart-home products include: