Comcast is pushing ahead on a plan to take Xfinity Home, its home security and automation platform, to the next level in part by broadening a curated mix of devices that work with the platform while also adding elements that drive more value into the service and reduce service friction. “First and foremost, we have over the past year and a half focused heavily on disrupting the home security market,” Dan Herscovici, senior vice president and general manager of Xfinity Home, said in an interview soon after he keynoted the Parks Associates Connections conference in San Francisco on Tuesday (May 24).
Comcast’s Xfinity Home service now officially supports more home automation gadgets, allowing users to control more of their home via an app.Earlier this year, Comcast promised to support more home automation devices and now the company is making good on its word. The Nest Learning Thermostat, Chamberlain MyQ garage-door controller, August Smart Lock, or the Lutron Caseta wireless lighting controller are now among the newly-supported gadgets, manageable via the Xfinity Home app for Android or iOS.
Comcast is joining Apple and Google in the race to convince customers that they need Internet-connected smart home devices like thermostats, lights and garage door openers.Comcast begins a new program Friday, Works with Xfinity Home, desinged to give customers the option of controlling all of their smart home devices using a single mobile app and password. As it is, many smart home devices require separate apps and log-ins, creating a headache for consumers.The Philadelphia company’s first four partnerships for the Works with Xfinity Home program include Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat and a smart door lock made by San Francisco startup August.
Comcast is bringing a couple of new third-party connected devices to Xfinity Home, its subscription-based home-security and home-automation platform. One of them is Chamberlain’s MyQ garage door controller and the other one is Netgear’s Arlo security camera.The announcement comes a little over four months after the cable giant opened its connected-home platform to third-party vendors, admitting products such as August smart locks, Automatic’s car adapter/app, Cuff smart jewelry, the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, Lutron’s Caseta Wireless lighting controls, Rachio’s connected irrigation system, SkyBell’s video doorbell, and the Whistle pet monitor in the first wave.