Until recently, it didn’t make sense for smart home companies to integrate with each other. From a user experience, the types of platforms previously available had limitations that required the user to set up complicated rules in order to provide adequate and useful functionality. While this was great for early adopters, it was not ideal for the mass market. Now, HomeKit and Google Home will serve as two easy-to-use options that are certainly more user friendly than what’s previously been available. Integration also didn’t really make sense up until now because there were very few best practices in place.
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