Alphabet’s Google Home will now be able to control Belkin’s line-up of WeMo products that will also work with Google Assistant
Following Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) debut of Google Home speaker in October, it is apparent that the tech giant is taking all measures to ramp up on its offerings right before the holiday season. CNET reports that the Bluetooth device along with the company’s digital assistant, Google Assistant, can now control Belkin’s line-up of WeMo devices.
With the company’s announcement of its expansion of smart-home platform Weave, it is apparent that Google Home is aiming to be the epitome of a smart home controller in the subsequent future. Since the trend of using virtual assistants and smart speaker has risen rapidly, we believe that the latest tweak will help the search giant promote its device right before the start of New Year.
After Google introduced Weave—a language created to connect smart devices together in 2015—the company has extended it to support its Google Assistant as well. With its fresh launch, Google Home could currently only control Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue, and IFTTT smart devices. Now, Weave’s expansion will eventually enable it to connect with smart-devices from Belkin, Lifx, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link, and First Alert.
Through this, it is evident that the company is hoping to compete with Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker, the Amazon Echo. After the retail giant rolled out with the device in 2014, Echo has proven to be a unique asset to help users build up on their smart-homes. Powered by the e-commerce titan’s virtual assistant, Alexa, the Echo speaker can control a range of smart devices and third-party services.
Some of these “skills” include ordering pizza from Dominos, booking an Uber, getting medical feedback, controlling smart-locks, playing music, and much more. Amazon’s decision to launch the Alexa Skills Kit has been a vital step in Echo’s success. Now with almost 3,200 skills, it is evident that the retail giant’s speaker has set a high standard for competitors such as Google Home. However, considering that Google has just newly launched the device and does not have the same head start as the online retailer, we believe that the tech giant has immense potential to over-throw the Echo at some point in the distant future.