LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (CES) – HomeAdvisor, a leading nationwide home services digital marketplace, announced the development of the first home services apps for Apple TV®, Amazon Echo® and connected home platforms powered by Zonoff. These smart home apps are an extension of the convenience that smart home devices provide for homeowners and advance the smart home from a notification device to a full home-service solution. The multi-platform HomeAdvisor-developed apps allow users to instantly connect to local, prescreened, available home improvement and repair professionals.
"As the Internet of Things revolutionizes the future of the connected home, HomeAdvisor's on-demand technologies offer a critical element in completing the connected home experience," said Chris Terrill, HomeAdvisor's CEO. "With over eight million project requests submitted last year and more than a decade of experience, no other player in our category has the scale or technology to offer homeowners a way to instantly and seamlessly connect with a local service provider through smart home platforms."
HomeAdvisor's new products for the connected home:
- HomeAdvisor's app for Amazon Alexa® Skills uses HomeAdvisor's patent pending Instant Connect technology to connect users to an available, prescreened, local home service professional on the phone in less than a minute. Homeowners speak to Alexa through the Amazon Echo or Fire TV to arrange appointments on-demand for home repairs such as plumbing emergencies. The HomeAdvisor app for Amazon Alexa Skills will be available later this year.
- HomeAdvisor's Apple TV app gives homeowners the ability to book appointments with prescreened local home service professionals on their television using HomeAdvisor's Instant Booking technology. Users can also view pricing for projects prior to booking using HomeAdvisor's True Cost Guide. The HomeAdvisor app for Apple TV will be available later this year.
- Smart home systems powered by Zonoff can access HomeAdvisor's Instant Connect when devices in the home detect a need such as fixing a leaky pipe. This partnership, announced today, integrates HomeAdvisor's on-demand service with Zonoff's enterprise-scale Consumer IoT Platform for mass-market Smart Home offerings.
"The smart home market is growing by leaps and bounds every year, which will naturally lead to an increase in consumer demand for home service repairs that are seamless, integrated and instantly at your fingertips," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy technology research firm. "HomeAdvisor is currently the only company that has the on-demand technology platform to integrate into smart home devices, making them a leader and innovator in the connected home space."
Service professionals in HomeAdvisor's network undergo a criminal and financial background check prior to joining the network and are customer rated and reviewed. Like all HomeAdvisor offerings, the apps are free for homeowners.
HomeAdvisor is a nationwide digital home services marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance, and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor's marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs coast-to-coast using True Cost Guide, find local prescreened home professionals, and instantly book appointments online or through HomeAdvisor's award-winning iOS and Android mobile app. Access to all of HomeAdvisor's resources is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ : IACI ).
Apple TV is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Amazon Echo and Alexa are registered trademarks of Amazon Technologies, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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