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Apple, Google, and Microsoft all vying to purchase home automation company

0. phoneArena 20 Dec 2012, 16:07 posted on

Home automation is one of those things that always sounds great, but also never really seems to show up. We've seen cartoons about the House of Tomorrow for a long time now, but aside from refridgerators that can tweet, and maybe options to control heat or lighting, most houses don't have much as far as automation. But, it looks like three tech giants are looking to get serious as Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all reportedly vying to purchase a home automation company...

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posted on 20 Dec 2012, 16:27 16

1. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 770; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Apple wants this company just for the sake of happiness *cough* suing *cough* other *cough* companies *cough* and to innovate *cough* steal *cough*.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:33 2

2. imnotascammer (Posts: 31; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


True. +1

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:47

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 2754; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


"It also owns patents related to interfaces and controlling electronic devices " Well that why the sharks are circle it.

Just sell to those idiots for 15Billons and retire.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:59 5

4. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


All 3 could do some useful things with it. I just dont want Apple to get it because I dont have any Apple products....lol. I hope Google gets it for my sake.

Seriously.....Android and home automation is a good match. Android is in just about everything else.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 21:15 2

8. MeoCao (unregistered)


I agree, I'm much more comfortable with Google controling key technologies.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 18:23 3

5. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I think that Microsoft would be the best bet on this one... mainly because they will make the software for it compatible with all mobile devices, regardless of OS. Apple won't share, and Google won't allow it on MS devices.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 18:34 8

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Google would allow it on MS devices as soon as it would be worth it for them too.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 10:01

10. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Its worth it now. Google makes their money from advertising, they could offer their products on any platform and make money. However, for some reason, they haven't developed windows phone versions of any of their products.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 10:13

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


because the user base just isn't there yet.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:02

12. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


There's enough of a user base to warrant it. I think its more of the fact that Microsoft competes with Google where it actually makes money. Apple doesn't offer alot of competing services, where as MS does.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 14:01

13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that's just what you think and that doesn't matter. Google has never been hesitant in offering their services to products that'll help them make money. remember Google is primarily a service company.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 11:51

14. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


The point is... Google can make money by offering their services to WP8/WP7 users, they just don't. Apparently they have been hesitant in this aspect.

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 14:22

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


but they don't think it'll be enough to justify the resources used for development. they've been down the road before with WP7.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 09:17

16. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Its a phone. You don't need alot of resources to develop for the platform. An independent developer could write a google app for the OS in less than a month. That includes working or going to school full time. Google could put together a five man team and probably push out an app a week if they wanted.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 10:18

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


of course they could but there's a lot more to it than that. it's not something you just finish real quick, put out and say you're done. you've got to keep it updated, squash bugs and add support for different devices for as long as the platform exsists. there's a threshold for when it's just not worth it and for Google WP is beyond that threshold but just for now.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:33 5

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I'd rather see them all go in on this one together like Apple and Google did for Kodak's patents. If any single one company gets it, then it's a loss for consumers.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 21:59 4

9. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Best answer.
You don't want one company with majority/dominant control of your home electronics.
Give all 3 company patents and let them work it out themselves to be compatible with another.

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