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Commentary: In the last two weeks I have noticed a few major Home Automation providers go from full support to no longer supported in IFTTT or having to pay subscription fees to keep everything running. You’ve probably noticed because either your app is not working the way it should or the devices are no longer responding. You’ve probably used IFTTT for all your home automation. I hope it has not come to that – so sorry. I mean it’s difficult to go through spam emails to find out what has changed. You’ll miss something. That’s why we’re talking about here on automatelife.net. Here are my thoughts and some immediate answers.

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The Subscription Model

Let’s talk about one of these companies. Wink, requiring a subscription fee… until today it seems…

They are extending their ‘free service’. It sounds like a marketing line, but I think its a response to a growing sentiment. What gives!?

Here are some of my questions:

  • Has the business model changed? or is it just a revenue thing, period.
  • Why is there a generalization that monthly subscription models are the way to go?
  • It might mean steady revenue, but does it really encourage growth?
  • Is it of value to the consumer to be paying a monthly fee for service?
  • Why do we say that it is just the way it is when it’s not what is needed… Don’t needs drive business?
  • Who drives business? The consumer or the business?

Yes, I’m sure the twitterverse would salivate responding to these questions. Tis the questions that give us meaning? What about the answers that keep us line to provide technology to meet the need in the Smart Home.

What IFTTT says about Why Services, Triggers, and Actions are removed from IFTTT [read here]

Last year… seems like an eternity ago. Major developers like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung were releasing a ton of new technology and products. Manufacturers like Tuya were following suit at CES 2020. These technology announcements meant to make life simpler. It also means to make things free. There is value in the product. Yes, for sure, however, there is also a ton of value in the number of ways you can integrate these products into the smart home. They need to work together. Which gets me to the next point.

Maintaining Support: IFTTT

The thing is these products need to be integrated. They need to work together. That’s why there are services like IFTTT required to make these awesome applets or routines to automate your day. Automate Your Life is about creating time and money for your Smart Home. IFTTT was an integral piece. But it seems that businesses are finding that they can find new ways to integrate. Bring consumers closer to their chests, so to speak.

The Answer to Subscriptions and Discontinued Support: SmartThings

What’s the answer. Is Google, Amazon, or Samsung going to start integrating all these devices? Has the business model for managing your Smart Devices changed already? I have one answer. So far, Samsung SmartThings is probably the most versatile Smart Home platform on the market right now.

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Watch Brian integrate Wyze into Samsung SmartThings with IFTTT using virtual switches:

Special Mention: Hubitat Elevation

I would also consider the Hubitat Elevation Hub. I use the Hubitat in my home, and it gives me a ‘million’ ways to integrate Smart Devices in my home. You might want to check back here because I think these Hubs will be on and off the shelf from the new ‘demand’ created by Wink and all the other companies that decided to let go of IFTTT.

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