Google Assistant can now control more appliances and smart home devices

Rita El Khoury for Android Police: Yesterday we learned that Google Assistant is about to offer more capabilities on your phones and gain several smart and interesting features.

Are Smart Speakers the Trojan Horse for Widespread Smart Home Adoption?

Smart home has yet to transition into mass market industry as providers fail to communicate value and need, finds Strategy Analytics

Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices

Agam Shah for PC World: Samsung will talk about the operating system's architecture and roadmap at the Tizen Developers Conference on Tuesday.

How New Home Automation Systems Are Disrupting The Security Business

However, in recent years, emerging companies that use innovative technology have invaded the home security industry.

Google backed 'super sensor' project to breathe fresh life into home automation

Aditya Srivastava for The Tech Portal: They claim to have figured out quicker, cheaper and lesser inconvenient way of creating a 'smarter' interior. Some privacy benefits have also been provided as per the claims.

Home Monitors Are Getting Smarter (and Creepier)

Rachel Metz for MIT Technology Review: Startup Lighthouse's home assistant-slash-monitor can tell you who's in your house, and what they're doing.

Amazon's new Echo Show proves that the smart home phenomenon is finally moving into the mainstream

Bob O'Donnell for RECODE: One-quarter of U.S. households now have at least one piece of smart home gear.

Microsoft is planning to turn Windows 10 PCs into Amazon Echo competitors

Tom Warren for The Verge: Microsoft has been working on a new HomeHub feature for Windows 10 to better compete with devices like Amazon's Echo.

Future phones will ID devices by their electromagnetic fields

Richard Lai for enGadget: In another set of demos, the team showed how the phone could show contextual charms upon tapping various connected devices.

Lowe's Launches Professional Monitoring Service For Iris

Lowe's Companies, Inc. today announced the release of a professional monitoring service for the all-inclusive, market-leading price of $14.95 per month for its Iris smart home security system. The new professional monitoring service gives residential customers the ability to have emergency responders dispatched to their homes in the event of a security, smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarm with no long-term contract required.

Parks Associates: More Than 100 Million U.S. Households Do Not Have a Smart Home Device

VCs and Investors to address IoT investment and growth opportunities at 21st-annual CONNECTIONS Conference, May 23-25 in San Francisco

Best Buy Partners with Vivint Smart Home to Launch Leading-Edge Smart Home Service

Best Buy and Vivint Smart Home are partnering to give customers an easy way to automate and manage their homes. With a nationwide rollout beginning this summer, Best Buy customers will be able to visit one of more than 400 stores to interact with Vivint products.

The only way to save the smart home hub is to kill it

David Priest for CNet: Commentary: Are smart home hubs the VCRs of a Blu-ray age?

There's a good chance Apple will introduce its Amazon Echo competitor in June, says analyst

Todd Haselton for CNBC: "There is an over 50 percent chance that Apple will announce its first home AI product at WWDC in June," KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors obtained by MacRumors on Monday.

Smart home assistants need assistance to catch on

Yahoo Tech: There's a lot of conversation around voice-activated home assistants, however, according to new data from GfK, there is currently very little conversation actually with devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home.

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