In a couple of recent acquisitions, Amazon has expanded and strengthened its smart home play by bringing in a host of new devices and planned services. Having acquired Ring in February and Blink in late 2017, Amazon is set to offer its customers a smart home play that extends to self-install security with professional monitoring as an option. The similarity of its acquisitions’ target core products, and that fact that the company acquired both in quick succession speaks to Amazon’s smart home commitment. But the deals, alongside Google’s Nest Secure play, speak to changes taking place within the smart home market. The changes are being driven by a combination of a return to the appeal of vertically integrated vendor offerings and further evidence of the revolutionary effect that voice control has brought to the smart home market. In addition, the changes will impact a wide array of smart home players.
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