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Comcast Xfinity adds home automation to X1 and xFi platforms

Soon you'll be able to issue voice commands to your smart home gear via your X1 remote.

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Comcast Xfinity is adding home automation integrations to its xFi and X1 platforms. 

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Comcast Xfinity in September acquired Stringify, a cloud-based internet-of-things service provider with more than 500 products compatible with its app. Comcast Xfinity announced Wednesday here at CES that the company is bringing the technology behind Stringify to the Xfinity line of services including X1 TV and voice remote, xFi Wi-Fi, Xfinity Home, and Xfinity Mobile.

If you're an Xfinity customer with the X1 voice remote, you'll now be able to use voice commands for smart home devices through the X1 voice remote. Currently, the X1 voice remote works with Xfinity security products including thermostats, locks and cameras. The Xfinity app will get an update for home automation, including suggestions for scenes to trigger multiple device actions. 

You don't have to be an Xfinity security customer to have access to these added smarts, however. Any Xfinity internet or X1 customer will have these capabilities added free of charge. The company is aiming for a March or April release of a fully integrated Stringify experience into Xfinity platforms. 

An Xfinity partner program called "Works with Xfinity" will enable third-party integration into xFi and X1 with open APIs. Comcast Xfinity's current line of partners includes August, Carrier, Chamberlain, Ecobee, GE, Honeywell, Kwikset, Nest, Philips Hue, Singled, Tile and Zen.

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