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Google opens up its smart home to everyone and will make Google TVs home hubs

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Chromecast with Google TV will soon become a Google Home hub to control local and cloud-based smart home devices. | Photo: Chris Welch / The Verge

Google has announced that it’s opening up API access to its Google Home smart home platform. This means that any app maker — smart home-related or not — can access the over 600 million devices connected to Google Home and tap into the Google Home automation engine to create smart solutions for their users inside their own app.

The Home APIs can access any Matter device or Works with Google Home device, and allows developers to build their own experiences using Google Home devices and automations into their apps on both iOS and Android. This is a significant move for Google in opening up its smart home platform, following shutting down its Works with Nest program back in 2019.

In a blog post published during its Google I/O developer…

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