There was so much news this week, that we skipped having a guest in favor of just keeping track of some big moves in the sector. This week was Google’s time to shine since it launched both Actions on Google (an SDK for talking to its Assistant on Google Home) and its IoT operating system plus the Weave communications protocol. Not to be topped Microsoft released an SDK for Cortana it’s voice powered personal assistant and Amazon doubled down with AI for all on AWS. So Kevin Tofel and I spent the first half of the show discussing what this means.
For the second half we focused on all the little bits of news such as Fibaro’s new HomeKit sensors, Ayla Networks’ new ability to help customers build Alexa skills, GE’s decision to build networking gear for the industrial IoT and a new Bluetooth hub for the enterprise from Cassia Networks. Uber and Google also offered some exciting self-driving car news this week and the ZigBee and Thread groups achieved a feat. We also reviewed two Wi-Fi options with Kevin discussing Google WiFi and me talking about why the new Plume pods may not work for everyone. We’ll be back next week with a guest, but in the meantime, enjoy the show.
Hosts: Kevin Tofel and Stacey Higginbotham
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- The 3 things every personal assistant needs to succeed
- Radio news from Thread and Zigbee plus a new BLE hub
- GE and Ayla are making IoT easier for the enterprise
- We have Waymo car news than usual
- Reviewing Plume Pods and Google WiFi
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3 thoughts on “Episode 89: Google’s IoT Strategy takes shape and Microsoft enters the fray”
As a developer, I really appreciate what MS has done by releasing the SDK for Cortana but I still Google and Apple are the leader in automated assistant.
What do you think?
I hate to count a company as experienced in the client side and with such a compelling cloud platform and enterprise cred out. Satya Nadella has a pretty clear vision and isn’t afraid to mess with Microsoft’s established business, so even though it is late, it may do something astounding.
I’m pretty sure that’s not a British accent!