Comcast expands Stringify role in broad automation push

A Stringify app is being made available for the Android Wear smart watch. (Image: Stringify)(Comcast)

After quietly buying IoT startup Stringify last September, Comcast has announced a new Stringify app that will expand the home automation service's presence across Xfinity product lines.

The upgraded app will allow Comcast’s X1 and xFi customers to display notifications on their TV screens, automatically change channels, and even pause and unpause devices on their home networks. 

In addition, these users can control Lutron Caseta dimmers and switches, Serenaa shades and Carrier Cor Wi-Fi thermostats. 

Comcast is also making a Stringify app available for the Android Wear watch, allowing users to control everything from TVs to lights using "scenes."

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In September, Comcast purchased Stringify for an undisclosed sum with plans to use the Silicon Valley startup’s technology in its Xfinity Home portfolio of products and services.

Stringify competes with IoT company If Then Then That (IFTTT), which specializes in sequencing actions so that one triggers another, using conditional statements called applets. 

Then, in January, Comcast announced a major availability expansion of its home automation services, enabling the nearly 15 million users of its xFi Gateway and xFi Advanced Gateway to use the controls at no additional cost.