Siri cries in the smart home (understood in a broad sense): compared to direct competitors, Apple's voice assistant supports about 200 smart home devices, compared to over 5,000 from Google Assistant. But in this sector Amazon Alexa dominates all of which at the end of 2017 was already able to work with about 11,200 smart devices.
The comparison made possible thanks to the numbers published by Google: in a post dedicated to Google Assistant developments, the Mountain View giant declares that it is now able to work with practically every device of the main brands in the USA, indicating over 5,000 compatible smart home devices. This number represents a significant leap compared to the 1,500 supported in January, including cameras, dishwashers, bells, dryers, lights, sockets, thermostats, safety systems, switches, vacuum cleaners, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, air purifiers , refrigerators, ovens and many others.
Still in the USA for its smart home platform consisting of HomeKit and Siri, Apple indicates on the dedicated web page about 200 devices, some of which have yet to be launched on the market. As for Amazon Alexa, support for around 11,200 devices detected by the analyst Blake Kozak interviewed by Cnet.
Despite being the first voice assistant to be launched, Siri has lost ground. According to some market research considered by users as the least advanced voice assistant. It seems that Apple is working and investing to enhance and improve it: the latest Apple device with Siri with smart home functionality is the HomePod speaker, currently only marketed in the USA, the United Kingdom and Australia, which is expected to be launched in other countries. For the moment, no indications have yet emerged on the arrival times for our country.
It should be noted that both Alexa and Google Assistant are not really home automation systems but voice activators (or deactivators) that do not manage complex or programmable scenes on their own. To do this, they must rely on third-party infrastructures capable of interconnecting different classes of devices with mutual authorization to access through highly differentiated services and variable reliability. The choice of Apple based on a more “traditional” home automation concept in which organization and programmability and above all security are the masters will certainly not allow to reach the compatibility levels of the other two platforms but this may not necessarily be a always defect that the customer has the opportunity to access a range of devices (such as the control systems of traditional blinds and shutters) that for the moment are missing in the Homekit offer, at least in the European one.