Category: News

The Google vs Amazon battle over your smart home intensifies

Google and Amazon continue to fire shots at each other in hopes of winning control over your smart home, from controversial product de-listings to funding rounds. Here’s a roundup of the latest happenings with Google, Amazon, Nest, and ecobee. Nest products no longer available on Amazon.com Many of us noticed something was amiss when the…
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6 reasons why 2018 is the perfect time to buy a smart thermostat

Nobody likes buying something only to have something new and better come out a month later. Smart thermostats were a new and quickly-changing market several years ago, but things are stabilizing now in 2018. If you haven’t gotten your smart thermostat yet, 2018 is a great time to buy. Here’s why. 1. The smart thermostat…
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ecobee adds support for Google Assistant (Google Home, Google Home Mini)

Great news for Google Home enthusiasts: Ecobee just added support for the Google Assistant! This means you can now use your Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home app to control your ecobee thermostat using simple voice commands. Ecobee makes both of our most highly recommended smart thermostats, including our budget-friendly pick for 2017,…
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An Echo for every room: Amazon announces a huge update to the Echo family

Amazon surprised us today with a huge update to the Echo family! The family is getting big – whether this is overwhelming fragmentation or marketing brilliance depends who you ask, but we are excited! Meet the (growing!) Echo family Echo 2nd generation – New! This is the new “default Echo”. It’s shorter and more compact…
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Ecobee goes for total home domination with new smart light switch

November 22, 2017 update: ecobee is now looking for “product pilots” to test the new ecobee switch+! Apply here. You’ve probably heard of Alexa by now: Amazon’s voice-activated assistant does everything from adjusting your lights to adding stuff to your shopping list. When Ecobee announced Alexa integration in its May 15 update to its flagship thermostat, we…
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Now you can control your Ecobee3 with your Amazon Echo!

If you have an Amazon Echo and an ecobee3 connected thermostat, you’re gonna love this news: now you can adjust the temperature of your home by giving orders to your Echo smart speaker! The Ecobee3 is the first thermostat to join the exclusive Echo club (sure, you could control Nest through IFTTT recipes, but this integration cuts out the middleman)…
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Major ecobee3 update 3.6 improves sensors, more

Good news, ecobee owners! Ecobee is rolling out a major update to its popular ecobee3 smart thermostat this April! The 3.6 update is their biggest since the thermostat’s September 2014 launch and includes many popular-request features: outside temp now displays on ecobee3 unit’s idle screen improvements to heat pump algorithm HomeIQ overview in the web…
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Ecobee3 Now Available at Apple Store and Best Buy

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Ecobee announced today that their popular ecobee3 smart thermostat will be available in select North American Apple and Best Buy brick and mortar stores. The ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat with remote sensors resolves a fundamental design flaw that has persisted since thermostats were invented – the flaw of only reading temperature…
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Nest 4.3 software update adds more data to display, other improvements

Good news for Nest owners: the 4.3 software update (rolling out this week) is adding more information to the display, improving the auto-scheduling feature, and adding a system test mode. Quick View The Nest’s interface got a big revamp in response to customer requests (and probably market competition – the Ecobee3 and the Honeywell Lyric both featured more on-screen…
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Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam for $555 million

PALO ALTO, CA – June 20, 2014 Last month, Nest announced its agreement to acquire Dropcam for $555 million in cash. This acquisition comes just a few months after Nest themselves were acquired by Google, meaning that the Google vs. Apple home automation showdown continues to heat up. Google adding Dropcam to its arsenal is another exciting volley in the battle over your…
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