It’s no secret that Amazon and Google have been battling things out for dominance over the smart home market. Both companies have their own AI-powered personal assistants in homes across the globe and are working closely with manufacturers to ensure their new smart home products can integrate seamlessly with Alexa and Google Assistant. While Google’s Nest has created a nice portfolio of products, Amazon has been busy buying up other companies left and right to ensure that it can better compete and its newest acquisition might finally breathe new life into Google WiFi.
Amazon announced today that it is purchasing Eero for an undisclosed sum. If you’re not familiar with Eero, the company was one of the first to create a simple mesh network product for the general public, allowing them to easily install and run a single WiFI network from the main route with multiple repeaters within minutes of taking the products out of the box. Eero was likely the product which inspired the creation of Google WiFi.
On the surface, Eero and Google WiFi are pretty similar, but Amazon’s Alexa already has a few Eero-specific skills which allow users to turn off WiFi access to certain devices, find your smartphone and even control the night lights which are built into the Eero repeaters with voice controls. In comparison, Google WiFi seems a bit dumb with no integration with the Google Assistant or any other Google Home products.
Amazon isn’t saying what is plans to do with Eero, but we’re sure they have something up their sleeve. The good news is that Google may finally bring some new innovations to Google WiFi in order to remain competitive. On its own, Google WiFi was a cheaper option when compared to Eero, but that was its only saving grace. Adding integration with Google Assistant should be simple enough, but we think Google could easily take things to a whole new level with a new version of Google WiFi which would actually make it a must-have product for every home.
February 11, 2019 at 05:14PM