TP-Link Announces Smart Device Integration With Google Assistant

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TP-Link announced that its smart home products are now fully integrated with the Google Assistant. The smart home products of TP-Link, which include the TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Bulbs, Smart Plugs, and Smart Wi-Fi Switches, can now be controlled by your voice using Google Assistant. With the use of Google Assistant, a homeowner can simply say "OK Google" and it can now control the smart products connected to the Google Assistant with voice instructions through either Google Home or other Google Assistant equipped device.

For those planning to use Google Assistant through Google Home to control TP-Link smart devices, owners need to set up a Kasa account and sign in to the Kasa app on their Android or iOS smartphone devices. Within the Kasa app, they need to enable remote control for their devices before setting things up using the Google Home app, which includes signing in once again using the Kasa account of the TP-Link device owner and identifying the devices registered with the Kasa account. Once the set-up process is accomplished, people now may use the Google Assistant to control TP-Link smart devices like plugs, switches, and lights in different parts of the house.

Google has been working with manufacturers and service providers to integrate their services and devices with Google Assistant, making it a one-stop shop for homeowners to control home devices and do other basic tasks. The search giant has recently made Google Assistant more widely available, as Google recently launched the Google Assistant on phones powered by Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow or later as well as on Android Wear 2.0 devices which may further result in more smart device firms and service providers integrating their products with the Google Assistant. Recently, Google announced the integration of several smart device manufacturers and service providers with the Google Assistant including Vivint, Best Buy Insignia, LIFX, and Wink, adding on the long list of device manufacturers already integrated with Google Assistant which already includes Samsung SmartThings, Honeywell, Philips Hue, Belkin, and Nest. Previous integrations allowed Google Home to control devices like thermostats, lights, air conditioning units, and other devices and continued additions to this list would further lengthen this list.

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