Google Assistant and Home can now natively control your smart locks, August and Vivint are the first supported

There are a few smart home device types that your Google Assistant/Home can control natively. Lights, plugs and switches, and thermostats were some of the first, but recently we’ve seen the addition of dryers, washers, dishwashers, vacuums, fridges, and even scenes. However, one type of device I’ve been personally waiting for are smart locks. Up until now, all smart locks were, uhm, locked into using the Assistant apps for integration, and not the native smart home capability.

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The Google Home has a hidden API that local devices can use

The Google Home works with a massive number of smart home products, but developers looking to tinker with it are usually out of luck. It doesn’t have any kind of public API, so custom functionality can really only be added through IFTTT (or by writing your own Assistant app). Now there is a way to obtain some data from a Google Home, as one developer has discovered an undocumented API that the Google Home uses.

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Issue in Google’s Cast-enabled devices, including Chromecast causing home Wi-Fi outages, router crashes

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Google’s Chromecast and Home devices are reportedly causing issues with some Wi-Fi networks, with the Cast-enabled hardware like the Google Home Max flooding the network with packets of data after waking from ‘sleep mode,’ a problem Google is working to rectify.
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[Deal Alert] NETGEAR Orbi RBK33 AC2200 home 3-pack WiFi system $299.99 at Amazon ($50 off)

Perhaps you’ve been frustrated by dead spots in your home WiFi situation, lamenting those rooms that, for you, might as well no longer exist. Instead of shaking your fist, maybe it’s time to look at a mesh WiFi system. Amazon has a deal on the NETGEAR Orbi AC2200 3-pack, which has dropped $ 50 to $ 299.99.

For your three Benjamins you get a WiFi router and two satellite units, which offers up to 5000 square feet of coverage.

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You can now control your Sonos speakers with Google Home through Yonomi

Sonos products are praised for a lot of good reasons, but integration with other smart home ecosystems isn’t one of them. Until recently, you’d have had to use some separate hardware or scripts to control any Sonos speaker, but no longer. Google has added support for Yonomi to the Google Home and Google Assistant, and since Yonomi supports Sonos natively, that means that controlling your Sonos speakers with Google Home no longer requires a workaround.

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