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Home Depot says its smart home app is for people who find the smart home space ‘intimidating’

Home Depot has launched a smart home app meant to be an all-in-one for smart home equipment and equipment the massive field retailer sells, but it surely’s debatable why anybody would wish it when Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa exist already.

Referred to as Hubspace, the free app is accessible in Android and iOS app shops, and “allows gentle bulbs, smart plugs and ceiling followers to be managed from anyplace,” based on a press launch from Home Depot. It’s suitable with Google Home and Amazon Alexa units, and works with a brief listing of merchandise that Home Depot sells, from its proprietary manufacturers equivalent to Hampton Bay and EcoSmart. “There’s no want for a hub or further tools, and the platform already works with greater than 20 merchandise,” the press launch explains.

OK, so there’s no hub required and you may management third-party units from one app, which looks as if it will add some comfort when you’ve received a ton of mismatched smart home manufacturers in your assortment however don’t need to arrange a hub. However there are many smart home merchandise that customers can management through the product’s personal smart home app.

We requested a Home Depot spokesperson why customers ought to use this app to regulate their smart home merchandise as an alternative of Alexa or Google Home to make sure we weren’t lacking one thing.

Q. Is Hubspace meant to be a competitor to Alexa and Google Home?

A. Hubspace was designed to be a easy, dependable, and accountable technique to deliver merchandise from The Home Depot’s proprietary manufacturers equivalent to Hampton Bay, EcoSmart, and different product traces into Smart Home. Hubspace-connected merchandise present prospects with a high-quality consumer expertise to regulate merchandise in the Hubspace app, as soon as merchandise are related to the Hubspace platform it affords the means to seamlessly combine their merchandise with third-party platforms in the quickest easiest method attainable

Q. As a result of it seems all of the gadgets on the listing of suitable merchandise are already suitable with Alexa or Google Home – why would somebody want this third choice?

A. At The Home Depot, we all know our DIYers look for easy-to-install and handy options. Hubspace was created to make the comfort and sustainability advantages of Smart Home merchandise accessible to anybody with a smart gadget and an web connection – with no hub mandatory and at an reasonably priced worth. Smart Home may be an intimidating space for some prospects, Hubspace was designed to simplify the expertise and to permit all prospects the [sic] get pleasure from the advantages of Smart Home merchandise.

Q. And is it restricted to that listing of merchandise solely?

A. The Hubspace app was designed with the means to assist merchandise from all the aisles of The Home Depot. Now we have began with merchandise from inside our lighting and electrical areas.

So there you’ve got it. If you happen to’re intimidated by smart home merchandise, actually don’t need to set up a hub, and have these merchandise which can be offered at Home Depot, perhaps you need this app. Every product may be added to Hubspace by scanning the QR code on the product’s packaging, after which related to no matter voice assistant you like. Connecting the Hubspace account to a voice assistant (like Alexa) allows the voice instructions.

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