@vasanth, you are absolutely right. In the era of IoT, there should be no differences whether consumers are using iOS or Android. And yet, if your goal is in tying everything together within your home network, having each device -- hanging off of the same network -- become compliant to iOS device can make things easier.
We're trying to reduce our energy consumption to save the planet. Has anyone calculated how much energy will be required to put a processor on everything on the planet. Is this really the way to build a 'smart planet?'
You are right!!! There is a misunderstanding on iot.
And this time lets see what marketing strategy Apple is going to adopt to pose their overpriced products tl customer.
With iphone they took advantage of netwok provider schemes. I am curious to see their marketing stunt to compete Chinese and other cheap devices with similar capabilities.
I think IOT is misrepresented here. If i am right, it is a network where everything talks to every other thing that involves android or ios device too. Consider a situation, where an IOT sensor detects a fire breakout in a smart home. Apart from informing it to the home owners smartphone, the system should take other safety and emergency actions automatically such as alerting a fire station, alerting neighbour houses, open windows and doors for emergency exit, switching off all the electrical circuit connections (lights..?) inside the home as a safety measure and much more...!
The point here is, it is no more APPLE or ANDROID when it comes to living in an IOT era.
"I've always found the concept of "home automation" or "home network" a non-starter -- largely because it will inevitably involve so many complexity and steps (if you want to build a seirous home network) for oridnary consumers to handle."
Exactly. It matters not whether the control device & apps are running on an iOS or Android device. What matters is the ability of ordinary consumers -- not just just engineers -- to easily put together & effectively use a system. Apple's approach will likely make it so that even my mom could do this if she wanted, and she might actually want to. Android vendors could do the same, but one of them will need to take the lead and make it happen.
BTW, I often find that this question helps me step out of my engineer's view and try to see things from a regular consumer's perspective: "Could my mom do this? Would she want to?"
yes Junko, Apple seems to understand IoT better than the rest along with how the company will deal with the complexity of connecting the diverse devices. Also given the reputation of Apple and its product i do not think that there will be a lot of convincing needed to be done on consumer front. Let's see how quickly and flawlessly Apple rolls it out.
Its true that MFi certified devices will have a premium over other IoT devices but alteast Apple has a clear vision of what the company wants and hope that the rest of the industry will either follow it or make some compliances. But this scheme of Apple is great and seems all inclusive.
I would assume it is transport agnostic, so while "MFi" devices could be controlled by an Android or Windows phone, they won't have the software to do so. Apple has probably been refining this software for some time, so the initial user experience on iOS will likely be far better than others playing catch-up will attain. Similar to how rough around the edges Android was at first, really only coming into its own with 4.x.
@docdivakar, I agree. But then there is an issue of who will take charge in the Android eco-system for pulling off the home network initiative. If Samsung wants to do its own home network using Android, their implementation will be surely different from what LG wants to do ... or not.
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