ecobee, Inc. today announced integration with the Google Assistant, enabling homeowners in Canada and the U.S. to control all ecobee smart thermostats through eligible Android phones, iPhones and voice activated speakers like Google Home.
Ecobee just pushed out a new update to its companion application that adds a geofencing feature. This way, when the application detects when you're home, the thermostat can be automatically set to a desired temperature.
Ecobee has unveiled its latest smart thermostat, which will feature support for Alexa. Users will be able to change the temperature of the thermostat using their voice anywhere in the house. The thermostat starts at $249 and will be available on May 15.
Ecobee's smart thermostats will no longer work with phones that are rooted or have custom firmware. The reason is due to Ecobee's use of Android's built-in key store to enhance the platform's security. As a result, it can no longer work on these open devices.
The latest update to Amazon's Echo speaker is the ability to connect to another smart thermostat.
This update lets the Echo connect to the Ecobee thermostat and from there you can control the heating, AC, etc. directly with your voice.