The week in smart home: Amazon Key in-home delivery scheme gets more smart locks

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The week in smart home

This week we've got it all, swagger, beats and all the smart home news you need. Read on for the top stories and some smaller bits you might have missed as well as some deals to check out for both US and UK readers.

We proudly present the week in smart home, for your reading pleasure.

Amazon Key expands with new locks

Amazon's controversial in-home delivery service, Amazon Key, got a nice boost this week with news that five smart locks from big hitters Yale and Kwikset will join the scheme. That brings the total number of compatible smart locks to eight - Yale and Kwikset both already had a smart lock in the service.

Amazon also announced that features of Key are now available across the US though the in-home delivery part which lets couriers enter your home to leave packages while being recorded, is still only good to go in 37 cities. The none courier features essentially mean you can use the smart lock and smart camera set up to allow guests access to your home.

When it comes to security, Android users of the Amazon Key service can set it up so it requires fingerprint authentication. This isn't available on the iOS app yet.


The week in smart home: Amazon Key in-home delivery scheme gets more smart locks

Apple poaches Google's AI chief

The AI assistant war is heating up as Apple just poached high profile exec John Giannandrea from Google to run its machine learning and AI strategy. At Google, Giannandrea worked on the AI elements of everything from Google Assistant to Search to Gmail. Tim Cook used the job hire news to stress the importance of privacy when it comes to AI in tech products.

In an email to staff, Cook wrote: "Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear. John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal."

Meanwhile at Google, Assistant and Nest are getting closer as Google has added the ability to control the Nest Secure smart security system via Assistant's controls.


The week in smart home: Amazon Key in-home delivery scheme gets more smart locks

Spotify's smart speaker could launch this month

Remember the Spotify smart speaker that was rumoured a few weeks ago? Well, there's a Spotify "news announcement" event happening in New York on 24 April and the latest rumours are that we should expect both a smart speaker and an in-car device - specifically a music player.

Reddit users have reported that they're seeing ads and offers for a voice controlled, in-car device that would be free when bundled with a $12.99 monthly Spotify subscription or $155 a year. Some people have allegedly seen specs including 4G and, funnily enough, Amazon Alexa.


No pics or details of a smart home speaker to rival the Echo just yet. Though if the car device uses Alexa, we don't see why Spotify Connect couldn't play nice in the home too. Stay tuned.


Deals of the week

US: Amazon Echo Dot - buy two, save $20

US: Eufy Genie - $19.99, save $15.99

UK: Neato Botvac D5 robot vacuum - £314.99, down from £599.99 (save £285)

UK: Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi mesh deals - 15-20% off some models

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