Category archives for: Home Automation / IoT

Google Home Now Speaks Spanish

Google today updated its Google Home products with new support for the Spanish language. The Assistant on Google Home can now help Spanish speakers find music, query the weather, or control smart houses using their preferred language. Google says users will need to select Spanish as the default language via the Google Home app on their […]

Nokia Has Sold Withings Health Wearable Business

Nokia today said it has sold its Withings business to the wearable company’s original co-founder, Eric Carreel. Nokia had purchased the company in 2016. Moving forward, Withings will be headquartered in Paris, with offices in the U.S. and Asia. The company says it is “dedicated to developing innovative connected health products focused on preventive health.” Withings […]

D-Link Adds Three New Affordable home Security Cameras To Their Line-Up

D-Link has announced the availability of three new affordable HD Wi-Fi Cameras. Designed for a number of home monitoring needs, the HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8010LH-US), Full HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8300LH-US), and Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8525LH-US) offer advanced features, including cloud recording options as well as third party integration capabilities with Amazon […]

Android Things Hits Version 1.0 Just Before IO18

Google said its Android Things platform has reached version 1.0 for general release. The company distributed a release candidate just last month. Android Things is meant to bring smarts to connected devices, such as lamps, TVs, thermostats, and more. This version of Android Things packs the final set of APIs and the official v1.0 SDK. Android […]

Google Ventures To Invest In Apps and Devices That Support Google Assistant

Google today said it plans to take a more active role in supporting companies that adopt Google Assistant. It plans to use its Google Ventures arm to invest in startups that are targeting Assistant. In addition to investment capital, Google will offer advice from Google engineers and product managers, offer access to Google partnership programs, […]

Google Drops A Release Candidate of Android Things To Devs

Google has released Android Things Developer Preview 8, which it is calling a release candidate. This penultimate version of Android Things brings with it the final set of APIs in the updated SDK. Google anticipates that there will be no changes to the Android Things APIs before the stable v1.0 SDK is made available. The release […]

LG Releases Open Source Version of WebOS

LG today made an open version of the webOS platform available to developers and the public. Anyone can download webOS Open Source Edition from LG’s web site and use the the code for whatever they wish. WebOS was originally developed by Palm for smartphones and later cultivated by HP before being purchased by LG. LG chiefly uses the […]

MLB Network Now Available YouTube TV

YouTube TV subscribers now have access to the MLB Network. Baseball fans will be able to watch all the content available on the MLB Network, which includes new programs and games. YouTube TB subscribers will be able to upgrade the experience to the product, which provides wider access to games, for an unspecified fee. At […]

Google Acquires IoT Firm Xivley

Google announced plans to acquire Xively, an internet-of-things provider, from LogMeIn. The company’s technology will be added to Google’s Cloud IoT Core unit, helping it with device management, messaging, and dashboard features. Google says its customers will reap the rewards of Xively’s flexible, secure platform as they bring IoT products based on Clout IoT Core […]

Nest Once Again Is Part of Google’s Hardware Team

  Alphabet today said it is putting its Nest and Google hardware teams together under a single roof. Since August 2015, Nest and Google have existed as separate entities under the Alphabet parent company. Moving forward, Google believes the two will work best together and thus the Nest team is being returned to Google. “The goal is […]

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