Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord
- Feb 14, 2004
imo it's because they are only looking forward, not backwards. They want stuff that is branded "Works with Alexa" from today on. Pocket Lint has a really excellent writeup on the Zigbee choice here:They’re seriously hamstringing themselves by not supporting Zwave. It also remains to be seen how their Zigbee device support is, how you build rules, etc.
While I like Wink's approach better in theory (as far as a reasonably large supported device list due to Zwave, Zigbee, etc.), after reading that article, I do think that Amazon has the right idea going forward. Plus you can always just interface in your Wink or STv2 with Echo if you want non-Echo-native smarthome device support. I think Amazon is just streamlining their own future in-house support structure.