Google Launches Local Home SDK as Developer Preview

At Google I/O 2019, the host company announced plans to release the Local Home SDKTrack this Framework/Library. This new solution, which was recently launched as a developer preview, aims to reduce latency and improve reliability by allowing smart home device providers to run actions locally rather than in the cloud.

Google has been testing the SDK with a list of partners that includes GE, LIFX, Philips Hue, TP-Link, and Wemo. This new tool builds upon the Google Smart Home platform by creating a local execution path via Google Home speakers and Nest displays. This allows third-party smart home devices to be controlled locally by executing JavaScript directly on google speakers and displays. If local execution fails, requests can still be sent to the cloud, hopefully reducing the occurrence of request failures. 


The Local Execution Path. Via Google.com

This solution also has potential security benefits. By processing requests locally, more user information is able to stay on-device, potentially removing the risk of cloud breaches of data. This is important since as we discussed yesterday on ProgrammableWeb, smart home security is a complicated issue that deserves the respect of device manufacturers, IoT platform providers (like Google), and end-users. 

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