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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech


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Amazon's Alexa (left) and Google's Home smart assistants.

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to develop a new standard for smart home technologies.

Credit: BBC News

Apple, Google, and Amazon have announced a partnership to improve smart home technology's ease of use by creating a new standard to ensure their smart products are compatible with all three companies’ smartphones and voice assistants.

The three tech giants also will work with the Zigbee Alliance, and a successful effort could remove consumers and manufacturers' burden of favoring one smart-home technology over others.

Draft specifications for the new standard are not expected before late 2020.

The companies said current smart home products should continue to operate after the new standard is implemented.

The first product category to be targeted by the new standard will be smart home security products.

From BBC News
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