Smarthome standard from Apple, Google and Amazon has been postponed until 2022

Matter, the smarthome standard that Apple, Google and Amazon are working on, has been delayed until 2022. The final specification was expected this fall, but this release timeline has been pushed back by a few months to the first half of next year. Members of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, the group responsible for Matter, will … Read more

Home Assistant releases energy dashboard and hardware to read smart meter

Home Assistant releases its own hardware for reading smart meters. The device works on firmware based on ESPHome. The smart home platform is also getting more integrations for energy management at home, for example via solar panels. The device is called Smart Reader and costs 27.50 euros. SmartReader is an ESP board that runs on … Read more

German cartel watchdog investigates whether Apple is abusing market position with App Store

The German cartel watchdog Bundeskartellamt will investigate whether Apple has ‘significant market power’ and whether the company is abusing it. The research mainly revolves around the App Store. The Bundeskartellamt previously started these investigations into Google, among others. First, the Bundeskartellamt will investigate whether Apple actually has that significant power within certain markets. In the … Read more

Athom adds Apple Watch support to Homey

Athom will update its iOS app for the Homey on Friday that brings support for the Apple Watch to the smarthome device. Homey owners can use it to start Flows with the smartwatch. Athom adds Apple Watch functionality to the smart home device with software update v6.7.0. Apple Watch users must be running WatchOS 7 … Read more

Smarthome standard backed by Apple, Google and Amazon to be called Matter

Project CHIP, the smart home standard on which Amazon, Apple and Google are collaborating, will now be known as Matter. The first smart home products that will use this IP-based protocol should appear at the end of 2021. In addition to the name change to Matter, the group responsible for the standard also changes names. … Read more

Rumor: Apple is working on a set-top box with a camera and speaker with a touchscreen

Apple is working on two new smart home devices, according to financial news agency Bloomberg. The first is an Apple TV with a speaker and camera inside. Apple would also consider a speaker with a touchscreen such as the Google Nest Hub series. Current Apple TV, 2018 The development of both products is still in … Read more

Samsung promises update for old phones to use them as IoT devices

Samsung has promised to update old phones so that they can be used safely as an IoT device, for example as a baby monitor. The move should lead to fewer people throwing away their old phones or leaving them in a drawer. The updates fall under the Galaxy Upcycling at Home program, reports Samsung. The … Read more

Rumor: Google wants to use radar technology to track sleep in smart screen

Google would like to use the radar technology it has developed under the name Soli to track sleep with a smart screen next to the bed. The radar would track users’ movements to see how they sleep. Soli on Pixel 4 It is a product under the name Nest Hub, reports 9to5Google. The current Nest … Read more

Software update: openHAB 2.5.11

OpenHAB is home automation software with which components can be read and controlled. You can think of light switches, various sensors, LED lamps, security equipment and many other home automation hardware. It can be done through so-called binding talking via ZWave, Nest and ZigBee, or controlling products from Ikea Trådfri, Xiaomi Smart Home and Philips … Read more