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Digitimes Research: Global smart home market heading for a melee
Enoki Chen, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Thursday 12 October 2017]

The global smart home market is bracing for fierce competition. Apple is likely to optimize some features of iPhone X for smart home applications; Amazon has launched an additional of five Echo-series products to enhance its Alexa platform; and Nest has unveiled a number of new smart home devices as Google seeks to further expand its partnerships, according to Digitimes Research's latest survey on the smart home market.

The iOS 11 operating system used by iPhone X can effectively expand the number of third-party devices supporting HomeKit platform. Meanwhile, the depth sensor technology as demonstrated by the TrueDepth camera can also be activated for a number of smart home applications to enhance users' smart home experiences.

Amazon's latest offerings aim to fend off the upcoming competition from Apple's HomePod devices, and the built-in ZigBee technology in Echo Plus can also be used as a communication hub for ZibBee-enabled devices.

Nest, a Google company, has also debuted a lineup of smart home devices recently, including the Nest Cam IO Outdoor security camera, the Nest Hello smart doorbell and the Nest Secure alarm system, as well as the Nest Yale Lock. The Nest Secure with built-in Nest Guard gateway allows all Nest-based devices to communicate with each other and can compete with Echo Plus in terms of the functionality.

Meanwhile, vendors from a wide variety of industries, including Walmart, ABB and British Gas are also gearing up efforts to step into the smart home market. The new technologies and new thinking brought up by these companies will help accelerate the development of more diversified products, strengthening the usability and acceptability of smart home devices, Digitimes Research believes.

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