Google, Apple and Amazon seem to have put their rivalries aside to jointly develop a standard for smart devices. The unprecedented project is called “Connected Home over IP” and could, for example, allow Google Assistent, Alexa and Siri to communicate with each other.
According to project website From the technology giants, the partnership managed by the Zigbee Alliance Foundation aims to create a common platform based on the Internet Protocol that allows for greater compatibility between different types of equipment. The initiative not only aims to simplify the development process for smart device manufacturers and make life easier for consumers.
The partnership comes at a time when competition in the market for smart assistants and their equipment is becoming increasingly intense. Devices developed by Google, Apple, and Amazon use different connectivity standards and are not necessarily compatible with all types of smart home devices. Corporate design can make more gadgets work with their smart speakers.
For now, the initiative is at an early stage and companies want to accelerate its development. The working group set up foresees the launch of a first draft of specifications and preliminary references by the end of the year 2020.