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From close to the point: why Apple does not support Google HomeKit Nest devices

via:博客园     time:2016/7/25 10:00:30     readed:1326


According to foreign media recently reported that last year by the & ldquo; the father of Apple iPod & rdquo; Tony & middot; Fadell (Tony Fadell) after the design of the new Nest smart home thermostat release, Apple retail stores, but a month hastily shelves . Why Apple HomeKit smart home system no longer supports Google Nest smart home products? AppleInsider website made relevant to this explanation.

Generally speaking, it seems that Apple and Google in the consumer-oriented & ldquo; things & rdquo; combination product areas retaking the initiative in the market, which triggered a series of technical problems.

Nest origin

After working for some time as Philips Electronics, the company Fuse Fadell create a new generation of audio player in the late 1990s. Because of funding strand breaks, Fuse created less than a year will be to close the end. Subsequently, Fadell worked at RealNetworks for a short period of time, followed by the identity of its employees in order to dispatch the entry of Apple in charge of iPod's design and plan the development of strategic new generation of Apple audio products.


April 2001, Fadell as an informal employee hired by Apple iPod and Special Projects Team Leader. In 2006, Fadell was promoted to vice president of Apple's iPod division. All along, Fadell seeks to create a future home systems, in the work process, he discovered the development of smart thermostats adjust temperature and humidity at home and broad prospects. Eventually, Fadell leaving Apple in 2008, and create a smart home company Nest Labs in 2010.

Shortly thereafter, in 2011 the first generation of smart thermostats Nest release. May 30, 2012, Nest device starts to log online and Apple retail stores.

Market Evolution

In 2014 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced its own smart home system HomeKit. The system allows users to iOS built-in control of all connected applications Home & ldquo; things & rdquo; device.


Apple's smart home, when the third-generation Apple TV or later be added to the smart home system, users can access all HomeKit compatible devices remotely over the Internet. And the extra Siri feature allows users to easily control the device via iOS compatible smart home devices, and users can remotely control functions of Apple's new system Sierra.

HomeKit smart home system and related control is the core of Apple's Siri entire smart home solutions. However, individual HomeKit compatible third-party devices, in some cases still need to achieve more control through a separate application. Therefore, both for the user or for third-party equipment manufacturers, HomeKit is not a universal solution.

January 13, 2014, Google to $ 3.2 billion high-priced acquisition of Nest Labs. For the acquisition, Dell said Law, & ldquo; our aim is not just to Google out of money, we are pursuing is much greater. & Rdquo;

For Google, Nest Labs core staff as well as technology became Google Google Home smart home project the main force, which will be similar to Apple Google Home Kit to build smart home system.


After Google acquired Nest, Nest is still relevant in the Apple store to sell, but to show the product and stock are less and less. An Apple store employee noted, & ldquo; in fact, in July Nest Product From Apple Store shelves, in a very long time Apple has begun to slowly reduce Nest inventory. This behavior is learned that Apple Google acquired Nest after a few days began. & Rdquo;

July 22, 2015, Apple will Nest second product from its online store shelves, replaced by smart thermostats manufacturer Ecobee development of temperature control equipment is compatible with Home Kit ecobee3.

After Apple product off the shelf, Nest products represent remains confident, saying the company's products will be returned to the Apple Store. He pointed out that, & ldquo; apple Nest is an important partner of the company. In the coming weeks, our new products will be released to users through multiple retail channels, including Apple. & Rdquo;

However, Nest and failed to return to the Apple Store.

Lose favor

Following Google overall reorganization of the parent company was established Alphabet for Nest product development has brought a series of complex issues, including its smart thermostats and smoke detectors to protect. June 2016 Fadell Nest left the company they create, and one of the Google staff presented a strongly worded criticism. After the launch, Fadell bluntly criticized, & ldquo; every step taken Nest are closer away from death & rdquo ;, the entire company to the environment has been & ldquo; & rdquo ;. critical juncture

With Fadell's departure, the last contact with the Alphabet Apple Smart Home system also will be broken.


Currently, Nest Series is compatible with Alphabet development Weave networking communication protocols, and supports traditional 802.11g / n wireless communication protocols, and supports 802.15.4 low rate wireless communication protocols certain functions.

In contrast, Apple Home Kit smart home system uses a protocol called HomeKit Accessory Protocol or HAP agreement. HAP protocol using HTTP or TCP network data transmission, and Bluetooth connection configuration of smart home devices via Apple's Bonjour service components. And all are compatible with Home Kit system must have installed a third-party device Apple Authorized embedded MFI chip, which is precisely Nest products lack.

For third-party smart home equipment manufacturers, their associated user & ldquo; things & rdquo; devices often have Andriod and iOS systems support two applications. The user can independently control hardware devices through these applications, without going through Google Home and Home Kit, intelligent home control systems. However, if there Alphabet and integrate Apple's technology, user control in order to achieve a plurality of devices and corresponding scene is not realistic.

More complex problem is that Apple and Google about networking communication system, if not through some form of bridging or protocol conversion, even such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and other common hardware at the network protocol layer can not be realized compatible devices.

Some developers are trying to develop related technologies to meet consumer demand. But so far, such as Homebridge other items for home users is still a complex operation.

Market share and brand influence

Although the smart home market volume is small, but in a growth state. Previous studies have pointed out that in 2010 only 6% of American households have an Internet connection can be intelligent home equipment, but in 2012 this figure rose to 15%.

Let us consider the Apple iPod. In fact, the first MP3 player available in 1998, annual sales of about 50 000. Apple was not the first to enter the audio player market companies, whose iPod until the end of 2001 was officially released. And a year ago, other manufacturers introduced the hard disk storage MP3 players.

However, mainly due to the success of Apple's iPod and its iTunes Music Store service closely integrated, user-friendly and convenient to use, in addition to the iPod design is also a product lot of extra points.

Such as Home Depot and other home building supplies retailer venue, Nest smart thermostat is in lieu of that, just as Kleenex is to the tissues or the iPad in a tablet. In consideration of market share and brand influence, whether Apple or Alphabet compatibility for all smart home system showed unprecedented attention. In addition, for the overall compatibility-based smart home market, a representative of the impact of brand value to consumers can not be ignored.

Currently, the entire smart home market is still in its infancy. It also can not reach the whole house personalized custom requirements, merely based on existing solutions based. Expand the market through appropriate smart home device is the only clear way. Whole & ldquo; things & rdquo; as the market in 2001 before the release of the iPod MP3 player market, there is no absolute market leader, surviving many unknown factors.


Apple co-founder Steve & middot; Jobs (Steve Jobs) in 2008 when talking about technology trends noted, & ldquo; technology wave of these waves, you long before they occur can foresee. You need to do is just stand on the cusp of what a smart choice a wave of enthusiasm. & Rdquo;

It is still not known, apples and Alphabet who will occupy the dominant position of the smart home market. For them, every move will over time have an impact on the future, such as the butterfly effect is generally to bring the smart home market changes. (I far)


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