Arlo now speaks Google, Alexa, Siri and more

Arlo now speaks Google, Alexa, Siri

In a mammoth effort to cover all voice assistant and IoT bases, Arlo now speaks Google, Alexa, Siri, IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings. It is now voice assistant agnostic.

That also means notification integration with the Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices. For completeness add their smartwatches, smartphones, TVs and other smart home devices like the Samsung Family Hub enabled refrigerators.

Our partner collaboration gives Arlo users added features to make it the most robust and seamless smart home security experience. These expanded capabilities ensure maximum value from whichever smart home ecosystem users choose. 

Brad Little, Arlo Vice President & Managing Director APAC.

Like all integrations, these offer a basic range of controls. You will still need to use the App for firmware updates and customisations. Note: ‘Arlo’ means indoor and outdoor security cameras, video doorbells and smart hubs

Arlo now speaks Google, Alexa, Siri and more – capabilities

Google Assistant

  • Seamless Integration with Google. Using AppFlip eliminates re-entering credentials.
  • Receive doorbell alerts and view Arlo live feeds
  • Receive enhanced live-video and audio streaming to see and hear visitors at the door through Google Nest Hub
  • Trigger light controls on Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Cameras
  • Receive proactive updates when you add a new Arlo to a linked Google account

Amazon Alexa

  • Initiate two-way talk through compatible Echo and Fire TV devices
  • Receive motion and video doorbell announcements from Alexa
  • View Arlo Video Doorbell live feeds
  • Alexa voice commands include showing a live feed, view the last clip, or trigger motion detection
  • Receive proactive updates when you add a new Arlo to a linked Amazon account. 
  • Arm/Disarm individual Arlo base stations using an Alexa- or Arlo-configured voice PIN. 

Apple HomeKit

  • View live streams via the Home app or ask Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
  • Create custom automation and scenes using the motion sensor from Arlo cameras to trigger other HomeKit accessories
  • Receive motion notifications from Arlo cameras on iPhone or Apple Watch. 

If This Then That (IFTTT)

  • Connect Arlo to an IFTTT account to allow other smart devices to pair and interact
  • Utilise, create, and customise conditional if-then Applets to turn smart lights on when Arlo detects motion.
  • Create a ‘recipe’ using Arlo Secure to receive advanced notifications and cross-trigger Arlo with other smart home products when it detects a person, vehicle, animal, or package.
  • Use a smart home device to announce motion or audio alerts, start and stop recording, or announce when an Arlo is low on battery.

Samsung SmartThings

  • Receive motion and audio alerts and view live video streams from Arlo directly on compatible TVs, tablets, phones, or refrigerators and more
  • Improved stability and reduced latency for faster access to Arlo recordings.
  • Turn Arlo on/off when arming or disarming the SmartThings Home Monitor.
  • Cross-trigger recording on Arlo using a wide range of compatible SmartThings devices.
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  • Trigger smart home automation events through a compatible SmartThings device by pressing the Arlo video doorbell.

Arlo has a huge support database here where you can search for your voice assistant and find out more.

GadgetGuy’s take

 While everything should eventually talk to each other, it is a long way off. You can read more about interoperability – What’s the Matter with IoT connectivity – it’s a dog’s breakfast.

Arlo now speaks Google, Alexa, Siri. It is no mean feat to open its systems to multiple voice assistants – well before its competitors and eons – if ever – before the no-name generic devices. You can read more GadgetGuy Arlo news and reviews here.