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The NextMarket Report — Yale

Smart Home Weekly: Google's Bear, TVKit, IPO, China & Smart Kitchen

Mike Wolf Apple Apple TV Google Lowe's Smart Home Weekly Smart Locks TVKit Yale

These past few weeks have been interesting on a number of fronts, and I don't expect things to slow down anytime soon. A recap: Lots of Google. I/O is tomorrow, and already we've got news of Google's apparent launch of a IoT-centric OS that has looks like transform the home router business, and what appears to be the company's exploration of new and creative approaches to next-gen smart home interfaces. Not to be out-rumored, Apple apparently has a new Apple TV SDK coming out at WWDC, and there's some potential significant implications for the smart home.  Then there's the IPO filing....

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Yale Puts Hold On NFC Smart Lock

Mike Wolf NFC Smart Lock Yale

Just had an interesting conversation with Jason Williams, the GM of Residential Locks for Assa Abloy (the company behind the Yale lock brand). He told me that while their Zigbee and Z-Wave lock business continues to hum, the NFC lock they announced at CES has been put on hold indefinitely. The reason was the fairly messy NFC landscape when it comes to mobile phones.  "Unlike Bluetooth, where implementations on phone are fairly standard, we didn't see enough stability with NFC to confidently launch product right now." I asked him about a Bluetooth smart lock for residential and while he didn't have anything...

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