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Market Trends: Connected Home Platforms Unify Use Cases and the User Experience

Published: 11 March 2016

ID: G00294534

Analyst(s): Werner Goertz


Connected home solutions are maturing. By 2020, fragmented point solutions will be integrated into ecosystems such as Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings. Product leaders must design to standards and differentiate around core competencies.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Personal Technologies Are Disrupting Legacy Home Automation and Home Security Markets
  • Market Structure Trend
    • Today's Connected Home Solutions Are Fragmented and Noninteroperable
    • Combined Unit Shipments Approach 2 Billion Units Annually by 2020
  • Buyer Trend
    • Buyers Move From Point Solutions to Integrated Platforms by 2020
  • Technology Trend
    • Connected Home Devices Interact With Cloud-Based Services
    • Devices in the Connected Home Form a Hierarchy of Networked Elements
    • Leverage Existing Networking Standards at the Physical Layer
    • Emerging Vendor Ecosystems Will Standardize Interoperability and Enhance Use Value

Contrarian View

  • The Connected Home Will Remain Fragmented, With Many Competing Platforms Delivering Islands of Solutions

Vendors to Watch

  • Top Platform Providers for the Connected Home
    • Amazon
    • Apple
    • Google
    • Samsung

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