When the Google Home/ Assistant launched many criticised the nascent service for not having enough integration, at least when compared to the Amazon Echo. While this might be the logical comparison, I think it might be a touch unfair: Echo has had a long time to build to where they are in a category that is messy, to say the least.
Yesterday, alongside Google’s announcement of the new IoT platform Android Things, Belkin announced that WeMo would be including support for Google’s Weave protocol which would allow integration with Google Home and Assistant. The compatibility will come with a future update to the WeMo devices.
This is great news for Australians. While Google Home isn’t officially available here the Pixel with Assistant is and Belkin’s WeMo is the only supported platform that actually has Australian compatible accessories. Want an Australian power point control, Belkin’s got you covered. Hey Google, turn on my Christmas tree! Come on, you know you want to do that.
The current Australian range includes power points, smart switches (which believe me you want with smart bulbs) smart bulbs and their hub, IP cameras and a great little maker device called the WeMo Maker that basically lets you hack together your own smart anything.
With IFTTT integration as well Belkin’s WeMo could become a core element of your Google powered Australian Smart home.