Not sure that this belongs in the mobile app category, but it’s not specific to any device.
Yesterday, I arrived home and the garage door was ignoring my presence so I opened the door the old fashioned way with the remote. I didn’t think much of it until 15 minutes later I saw a notification on my phone that I had arrived and I heard the garage door opening. Had I not been paying attention the door might have sat open for quite a while. Not cool.
We also have a sensor on the mailbox to let us know when the mail has been delivered (our carrier isn’t very predictable in arrival time). I didn’t grab the mail yesterday because it was raining so grabbed it this morning as I left. I got the notification 10 minutes later on my commute to work.
We’ve only been on ST for a week and I really love the concept, but the reliability and the potential unintended consequences of late actions are starting to concern me.
I understand the likely source of the lag (I’m a software geek). But that understanding doesn’t matter to the other household members who prefer their tech to be reliable if it’s going to be embedded into their lives. As a non-lag related example, the hue lights don’t always turn off when they are told to.
If ST really wants to stick around for the long haul (and I sincerely hope they will!), reliability really has to improve.