This is good.
Google will now work only with devices that have new security and safety standards.
Certified products will have to pass a security certification once a year, not just one time.
Devices intended to control appliances, including regular smart plugs, will have to have UL or equivalent safety certifications.
From Stacey on IOT:
Google also reiterated its policies around security, and noted that it’s added a feature I really like: If you want your product to work with Google and integrate with the broader Google Home ecosystem, it will need to pass an annual security check with the company first.
And in the meantime, if it’s a device that controls an appliance or something that could cause damage, that device now needs to be UL-approved or have a similar safety certification. This means your knockoff smart outlets might not work with Google going forward. While that’s a bummer for those of us who like buying cheap gear on Amazon, from a fire safety perspective it’s probably a good thing.
At the same time, remember when Apple allowed developers to self certify their HomeKit devices intended for their own use, although you did get a pop-up warning that it’s not Apple certified?
Google is finally introducing a similar program for DIY “works with nest“ integrations. It’s called “device access“ meaning Google once again has introduced a product/feature with a name which is almost impossible to google. sigh.
From the link above:
There are 15,000 hobbyists building Nest integrations, and through this console, they can do so in a private sandbox for their own homes without needing to pass through those annual security checks.
And here’s the official link: