"Compatible with ...": what does it really mean in home automation?

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The world of home automation it is surrounded by a thick fog made up of confused notions, partial information, disinformation, commonplaces. When we talk then compatibility, the situation assumes almost grotesque tones, partly also due to the inability of Apple, Google e Amazon to clarify.

This FOCUS, or "what does it mean compatible with", Goes to integrate the chapter on"final management tools”Of our training and tries to dissipate the most classic doubts about this theme, compatibility.

GOOGLE

The called software component Google Assistant Google is dedicated to voice recognition and "natural dialogue" functions with the user. In practice, it is about a voice assistant.
Google has included this software component in three areas:

  • in some Smart Speaker of third parties;
  • in a'app for Android and for Appthe iOS (iPhone / iPad) call Google Assistant;
  • in its line of Smart Speakers, call Google Home (various models).

Finally, Google has created aapp for Android and for Appthe iOS (iPhone / iPad) call Google Home (as the profirst line of Smart Speakers), which serves to:

  • configure and manage the three types of elements listed above;
  • automatically register and configure / check any home automation component declared “compatible Google Home".

Consequently, any home automation component declared "compatible Google Home"Is controllable through theapplished here Google Home (For Android and for Appthe iOS) and from three types of devices listed above with Google Assistant.

This NO means that Google has (for now) made available a "unique", homogeneous environment, from which to manage the profirst home automation nor to manage the proprie "automations": Theapplished here Google Home it acts as a collector, but it is more like a "bridge" towards Google Assistant.If a home automation component is declared instead alone compatible Android (and not "Google Home"), This means that the promanufacturer has made available aapp for Android to configure and control it, but this home automation component NO is recognized by theapplished here Google Home, so much less by the Smart Speakers mentioned above. A home automation component compatible "Android" is recognized by this logo:Download from Google Play A home automation component compatible "Google Home” is recognized by this other logo:Works with Google Home

APPLE

Within Appthe situation is only slightly different.
Apphe created them Siri, the equivalence of Google Assistant, is inserted it:

  • within propri devices iOS (iPhone, iPad) and, recently, on propri computer Mac
  • inside a proprio Smart Speaker named HomePod

He then created aapp (available only on iPhone, iPad and recently on macOS) call "Houses“, Which dialogues with Siri and which serves to:

  • census, configure and control compatible domotic components "Appthe HomeKits"

Consequently, any declared domotic component “compatible Appthe HomeKits"Is controllable from theapplation "Houses"Of Appfrom the voice assistant Siri present on iPhone / iPad /Mac/ HomePod.

The differences with Google are two, one positive it's a negative.
That positive lies in the fact that theapp"Casa" statement - unlike theapplation "Google Home”- is a real e proman central automation, which means that every domotic element inside it it is fully controllable and, above all, automatable in relation to others. In essence, more domotic components di prodifferent drivers they can be placed (if compatible) Appthe HomeKits) in functional relation with each other (eg se a sensor of the proconductor X finds something, the actuator of the proconductor Y can do something else, etc.).
This is not feasible for Google at the moment (that's why we insist so much on HUB personal).
The difference negative lies in the fact that theapp"Casa" and the assistant "Siri" (unlike "Google Home" and "Google Assistant"), are available ONLY for the world Apple.Concluding, if a home automation component is declared alone compatible Appthe iOS (and not "Apple HomeKit ”), this means that the promanufacturer has made available aapp for iPhone / iPad to configure and control it, but this home automation component NO is recognized by theapp"Casa" indication, and even less from Siri - with everything that entails compared to what has been said so far. A home automation component compatible "Apple iOS " is recognized by this logo:Download on Appthe Stores A home automation component compatible "Apple HomeKit " is recognized by this other logo:Works With Appthe HomeKits

AMAZON

Amazon it is the simplest one to describe, also because of not having propri operating systems for computers or smartphones / tablets in circulation. He created a profor voice assistance software, he called it Amazon Alexa. He then included it:

  • in propri Smart Speaker, called Amazon Echo;
  • in Smart Speaker di prothird-party dealers.

Both types are controlled by aapp (For Android e Appthe iOS) call, appgreasy Amazon Alexa, from which both are controlled Smart Speaker both all the domotic components simply declared “compatible Amazon Alexa".As for Google, however, theapplished here Amazon Alexa NO offers automation or co-operation featuresnameTherefore, the discussion made above regarding the need - tactical - to implement a proprio personale HUB.A home automation component compatible "Amazon Alexa " is recognized by this logo:Works with Amazon Alexa


Hopefully with this FOCUS, to have shed more light on the current situation compared to consumer home automation. The invitation to read the comments carefully remains valid basic notions dedicated to newbies.Domande? Let's talk about it forum. O on Facebook. Or on chat.
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