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August locks down its smart lock shipping schedule

Pre-ordered August smart locks start shipping today, with a public release following soon after.

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We've been waiting for word on the release of the Yves Behar-designed August Smart Locks since their pre-order was announced last October . We even got a sneak peek into how the locks would integrate into whole-home system at SmartThings' smart home demo at CES 2014. After some delay, August has just announced that its pre-ordered smart locks are shipping today, with wider availability slated for mid-October of this year at an expected retail price of $249.99, which is roughly £150 in the UK and AU$268 in Australia.

The hold-up maybe due in part to August's success at securing integrations with larger platforms. It was named among Apple's initial list of iOS 8-HomeKit-connected gadgets at WWDC 2014. And, as mentioned, it's designed to integrate into SmartThing's existing framework, which was lately acquired by Samsung.

August's Smart Lock will have Android and iOS apps that allows you to monitor and makes changes to your lock remotely, as well as extend access to family, friends, or anyone else you'd like to send a virtual "key." This smart lock is made entirely of metal, claims to be "whisper-quiet," and can be fit to a variety of common deadbolts.

If you pre-ordered the August Smart Lock, you will be charged at the discounted $199 price (roughly £120 in the UK and AU$214). Be on the lookout for an email confirming all of your pre-order details, from the lock color you chose to your shipping info. August is the first among a batch of startup-made locks to make it to market -- we're still waiting to hear from the similarly featured Goji and Lockitron on their actual release dates. Stay tuned for updates on that front, and for our full review of the August Smart Lock.