Amazon just announced a slew of new devices and features today to their Echo and Ring product lines. Among them are an update to the Echo Show that includes the hub capability of the Echo Plus and better integration with Ring security features.
It got me thinking. While I have really enjoyed my SmartThings since I got it 3 years ago, it seems that SmartThings isn’t evolving at the same pace that some of these other guys, like Amazon with Ring or Google with Nest are.
Now, I know that SmartThings is incredibly more powerful. Amazon’s “hub” doesn’t include Z-Wave capability, and Apple and Nest are somewhat closed boxes, and there is no real programming available for either. But for most people, does that matter? And what major improvements have we seen from SmartThings over the last 3 years (since I’ve been paying attention, at least).
If SmartThings is dependent on third-party integration that likely aren’t coming (e.g., Ring or Nest), are we users locked out of the best third-party devices?