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Arlo Video Doorbell now takes commands from Google Assistant


You no longer have to live in an Amazon-focused household for Arlo's Video Doorbell to make the most sense. Arlo has introduced Google Assistant support to deliver notifications and send commands. If you're worried about the ruckus outside, you can ask Google to "show me the front door" and get a video feed sent to a smart display like the Nest Hub Max. The Video Doorbell normally sells for $150. That's more than rivals like Ring's new starter doorbell, but it gives you the choice of both Alexa and Google Assistant.

Netatmo unveils the first HomeKit-friendly video doorbell


Apple's HomeKit doesn't have a wide range of device support, but that's changing very shortly. Netatmo has unveiled the Smart Video Doorbell, which it says is the first doorbell to support HomeKit. You can view it through the Home app, or ask Siri to show you the doorbell when someone's waiting outside. And yes, it'll integrate nicely with your other devices -- you can turn on the porch lights the moment the device spots someone at the front door. You don't need an Apple-made device to control it, of course (there are also Android and web apps, not to mention IFTTT support).