In order to stand superior in intensified competition among global technology companies to dominate the market for voice assistants and other smart devices, three technology giants including Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google are partnering to lay the groundwork for better compatibility among their smart home products.
Zigbee Alliance, whose members include IKEA and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI.O) among others, will also contribute to the project, titled “Connected Home over IP”. The group aims to make it easier for device manufacturers to build products that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.
As per details, the standard will work alongside existing connectivity protocols — like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — rather than seeking to replace them. In fact, the group says devices will likely have to support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, or Thread (a much-discussed but little-used smart home protocol) in order to work with the system at all. Exactly how a device connects will be up to its manufacturer.
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