This was actually a decision before that and is more of a resource issue. But now we’re adding wearables to our line so, now that you mention that, it may end up being part of the discussion. The actual answer at this point is that there are issues with our existing integrations so we want to resolve those and add the features we’re already committed to before we start going more broad with these.
As a long time Apple Watch owner, I can assure wyze there is zero chance I’ll ever switch. There are simply too many functions and integrations that enhance my life and device experience, especially due to the tight integration with my phone. Since being stuck home, I’ve had more phone conversations on my watch than my phone. I generally leave my phone on a table or desk so it’s often not handy. I can reply to text by voice dictation while I’m in the midst of a messy food prep. I get some wyze notifications but I can’t do anything with them. If the doorbell does not end up with some watch integration or app, it’s going to be of limited value. I’m not sure any others have Apple Watch apps, so it may be that none will be extremely useful for our needs.
I have a 3 rd party fitness app that allows me to adjust my hr zones since I have multiple heart issues. This allows me to realistically monitor my workouts. When I was at the gym last summer, the heart rate warned me of low bpm at some odd times, like when using weight machines after a cardio workout, and the ekg showed an irregularity which ultimately saved my life. After clinical confirmation of the problem, I had a pacemaker inserted that corrected the irregularities. Anyway, the Apple Watch is in a different category of wearable than the wyze band and those of us who have come to rely on its multitude of features may be a minority, but for us, the ecosystems that are more apple compatible may win out in the end.
@ChemEngr Thanks for making this case in such detail. I one hundred percent agree that I will not trade my Apple Watch for a Wyze Band. There are just too many features in the watch along with its tight integration into the Apple ecosystem that make it so compelling.
I would add from my marketing experience that is would be a mistake to say that adding the best Wyze device support to only the Wyze Band to give it a “marketing advantage” is a losing strategy. Instead give the best support to the devices your users are using the most or that best fit your desired profile.
Perhaps I’m going down a rabbit hole here, but perhaps a solution would be HomeKit integration? I know this is a large hurdle in and of itself, but it would also potentially eliminate the need for a watchOS stand-alone binary or watch extension. As HomeKit already has its own dedicated app on watchOS.
I for one have always wanted HomeKit integration.
I get that HomeKit requires some hardware overhauls that aren’t quite compatible with the current generation. So integration with Siri Shortcuts in the interim could allow us to add some cool, helpful automations.
I setup an old netbook to run lubuntu and homebridge via hoobs with the wyze plugin just so I could try some devices in the home app. It works surprisingly well for the bulbs and plugs and does offer a higher level of convenience and makes the devices that much more useful. As a longtime iOS user, this feature never interested me until I tried it and now with access via my watch, there’s no turning back for me. I’ve already decided when we move for retirement hopefully next year, if wyze devices are not HomeKit compatible, we will move on from wyze. It sad because they’ve pretty much said the existing cams will never meet the apple requirements and have never committed to new devices being HomeKit compatible.
#wishlist please integrate wyze lock with Apple Watch. I always have the watch on and it would be super awesome to use Bluetooth on watch to open the lock.
I think Apple Watch integration should be part of everything. This is a huge market of us wearing these things all-day. Re: door locks, I’m holding out until I can walk up to the door and have it unlock as soon as I turn the handle. Why have keys or codes or need to pull out my phone? Also, would love to have access to turn my plugs on/off with watch.
Well, depending on how far a walk it is from your car to your door it should often open for you without the need for pulling out your phone/watch. I have a short walk from my car to my house (12ft) and I often have to wait a little bit for it to unlock though. I wish there were a way to change that response time. But in the meantime, Apple Watch + Shortcuts integration would be awesome for even more reasons.
Well, I’d rather not give full background location access which is needed for the location based unlock to work. And I’m too lazy to pull out my phone, open the app and then click unlock. Best solution would be to simply use nfc and unlock based on proximity. But given that the wyze lock doesn’t have nfc this would not be possible. The best alternative is to have an Apple Watch app that just unlocks the lock when launched. We could then lunch the app via a complication and quickly open the door.
If you also have Alexa, a $1.99 app called Voice in a can for Apple Watch will give your watch voice control of all Alexa enable devices like Wyze bulbs and plugs and any other brand to. .It will also lock and unlock the Wyze lock, but with voice, not NFC
Voice in a can works great and with a simple Siri Shortcut it’s amazingly fast to do the following:
Raise wrist -
Siri activated -
Speaking only the name “Alexa” is the trigger for a Siri shortcut to launch Voice in a Can -
Say “Lock door” or whatever WYZE devices controlled by Alexa you like -
It looks like your using Siri with a different name
It would be nice for an app that would work with Apple watches so you can see clips of notifications
In lieu of Homekit compatibility that would allow for WatchOS control of Wyze devices, why oh why is there no WatchOS app that allows for switch control (like Wemo), video notifications etc (like Ring)…it just seems that there are countless less high profile iOS apps that have companion apps…why isn’t there one for Wyze…especially now with $100 million of new VC ! (Great news by the way)…get this done !!
I agree it would be extremely useful to those of us who prefer Apple watches. But I’m not holding my breath, especially now with their own watch.
Sadly, wyze is all about growth and revenue and the more VC money they raise, the more pressure will be on the bottom line which is far more important to them than catering to a subset of customers. Too many existing wyze customers are hooked on their koolaid and buy everything they make regardless of the shortcomings. I was pretty much a big wyze booster before they started the subscription change with camplus and “security”, and the big push into every peripheral they can think of rather than optimizing their core products.
If you use Alexa, you can use the IOS Voice in a can app and have voice control of your Wyze devices with the Apple watch. It works well for me along with all the other Alexa enabled smart devices.
Yes I just got an Apple Watch and love it. I do still like the Wyze band which I wear while the other is charging but I would still like to see more intergration with Apple. Sadly I don’t see that happening due to the coding that Apple uses but it would be nice to be able to have Apple watch turn my wyze bulbs on and off etc.
Well yes it does as I just spoke with Apple about it when I got my watch.
This has got nothing to do with Apple’s coding. This is sheer laziness or incompetence on Wyze’s part. They probably don’t have the time and effort that is needed to write that integration.
I just said I spoke with Apple and yes it is their coding as they said so themselves. (Meaning Apple said it was Apple’s coding)