Apple, Amazon and Google have formed a rare alliance to improve smart home

Apple, Amazon and Google have formed a rare alliance to improve smart home devices, in an effort to avoid a turf war that limits the market for gadgets powered by Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. The Silicon Valley companies, fierce rivals in the market for voice-enabled devices, have agreed to collaborate with each other and members of the Zigbee Alliance, which includes dozens of companies including Samsung, Ikea, and Comcast. They announced a project to build a common standard so that connected devices could be operated by any voice assistant yesterday… The market for smart devices is expected to grow 14.4 per cent a year to 1.4 billion shipped units in 2023, according to the International Data Corporation… The market for smart devices has also been hampered by concerns over privacy, after it emerged that tech companies relied on human workers to transcribe certain requests… Avast, a cyber security group, said this year that two out of every five households worldwide already have five or more devices connected to the internet — and at least one is vulnerable to cyber attacks. The alliance said a shared, open source approach to building smart devices should “accelerate the development” of a smart home protocol… that will “deliver benefits to manufacturers and consumers faster.” 

Patrick McGee

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