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Abode's excellent security system teams with Google Assistant

You'll be able to control Abode's lights, switches and dimmers with a voice command to Google, and more features are on the way.

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The Abode security system. 

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One of our favorite security systems of the past year is getting even more feature-rich. Abode announced Google Assistant integration on Thursday, allowing you to control compatible devices in your Abode smart home setup with your voice.

Abode offers a wide variety of DIY security devices that communicate with the company's central hub via Z-Wave or Zigbee. The scalable system and flexible monitoring service helped Abode stand out when we tested it in the spring, and it already offered some voice commands through Amazon's assistant Alexa.

Now, if you have a Google Home, you'll be able to use your voice to command Abode's switches, dimmers and lights. A future upgrade will even allow you to arm and disarm the system with your voice.

Google Home uses Google's digital assistant (just called Google Assistant). You can also talk to Google Assistant via your phone and on certain third-party smart speakers. With support for both Alexa and Google Assistant, Abode increases its flexibility -- it's now a viable DIY security system no matter what smart speaker you want at the center of your smart home. 

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