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Android TVs Turn Into Home-Automation Hubs

Enblink USB stick gets software upgrade to extend capability
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Voorhees, N.J. — Enblink is turning Android TV-powered devices into home-automation hubs.

The $89 Enblink USB device previously turned only Google TV-powered devices into a hub. Via a software upgrade available late last week, the Android-based USB stick plugs into Android-TV set-top boxes such as the Google Nexus Player, TVs powered by the Android TV OS, and other Android TV-powered devices such as gaming consoles and mini-PCs, the company said.

The stick is available at Amazon, Smarthome.com and Enblink.com, which is offering a limited-time discount of $45.99.

The device was launched initially during summer 2013 but worked at the time only with Google TV set-top boxes and TVs running the Google TV OS. Android TV was launched in 2015 as the successor to Google TV, which launched in 2010.

With Enblink and an app for Android and iOS mobile devices, users can monitor and control hundreds of compatible home-automation devices, including the Nest Learning thermostat, Philips Hue lighting products and Z-Wave-equipped devices. “While Hue does use ZigBee for communication on its own network, Philips does provide an API for integration over IP with third-party apps and platforms such as ours,” said spokesman Joseph Branca. “Our Nest integration works in much the same way.”

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