Top 8 | Smart Home Tech for Android

Smart home technology and the Internet of Things, as this whole concept is inexplicably called, is bigger than ever these days and finally becoming affordable enough for the average homeowner to invest in. Of course, there are expensive devices that are designed to become one with the very material that your home is composed of, but there are also those such as the Amazon Echo wireless speaker that is portable and useful both at home and when out and about. As mentioned, the smart home industry is still in its youthful stage, with many people getting excited about the products they are seeing but still unable to really afford most of it – at least the average person is unable to afford what it would cost to kit out their home with a smart lock, smart thermostat, smart garage doors and such. But it is the future, and this much can be seen in the amount of money Apple and other companies have poured into developing such technologies. But what about smart home technology for Android users? We take a look at some of your options as of today, and especially if money is no object!

4. Ecobee3 ($239.00)

We only used the Ecobee3 WiFi thermostat briefly, but we liked what we saw. Like the Nest Learning Thermostat (more on that below) it reacts to situations in order to deliver comfort and ensure that you are also being energy efficient at the same time. – Buy from Amazon

3. Philips Hue ($192.99)

Custom and smart lighting is also a huge part of smart home tech right now, and the leaders in this field at least in the early stages appears to be Philips with their brand new Hue brand. This smart lighting pack is, for lack of a better word, really cool. You can create custom light modes with the color of your choice, or those that replicate your favorite image or even mimick the light of a sunset. And if you’re not interested in such things, then at the very least you get to control all your lighting from our Android app, including up to 50 bumbs with just one bridge device. The price at this point may vary, but the starter pack seems a good position to work from. – Buy from Amazon

2. Honeywell Smart Thermostat ($239.99)

One area of smart home tech that we’re really excited about however is the smart thermostats developed by such companies as Nest. Another brand that has developed their own smart thermostat is Honeywell, whose device allows you to control your home heating with simple voice commands. You can set different schedules to follow throughout the day, in ways that are both intelligent and energy efficient. While you will have to install a touchscreen hub, the background on this can be changed to a color that suits your decor, and then the voice commands mean that you don’t have to bother using it if you don’t want to. – Buy from Amazon

1. Nest Learning Thermostat ($198.97)

The Nest Learning Thermostat represents the best kind of smart home technology, not just because it allows you to control the heating in your home but also because it is intelligent. That is, the longer your use it, the smarter it gets, adjusting your home’s heating and air conditioning automatically. The great thing about the Nest Learning Thermostat is that it will respond accordingly, pushing up the temperature once it realizes that someone is in the house. It will also learn the different temperature preferences of users and adjust the temporature accordingly, depending on who is home. You can then control the temperature with ease from your smartphone, both of your forced air and radiant heating systems. – Buy from Amazon


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