This isn’t a Wyze only issue. There are many IoT devices that rely on cloud services provided by the seller. Wemo switches rely on Belkin.
In addition, almost anything with firmware that needs to be updated periodically relies on the manufacturer. As Bob stated, many devices are abandoned shortly after release, and although they may continue to work at a very basic level, new apps will likely not be supported, and they probably have many security vulnerabilities that will never be patched.
What should your expectations be? Manufactures can’t support devices indefinitely, especially when they aren’t getting a revenue stream from the devices after they are sold. I think that the echo devices only claim to provide services for 1 year from date of purchase (although I can’t find that info now), although my original full size v1 echo is still working and getting updates. Amazon hopes you will allow voice purchasing, or purchase a subscription to Amazon music. Same with Google Home, which hopes you will buy into a Youtube Red/Google Music subscription.
For example, read Amazon’s fine print: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201809740
“3.3 Changes to Alexa; Amendments. We may change, suspend, or discontinue Alexa, or any part of it, at any time without notice. We may amend any of this Agreement’s terms at our sole discretion by posting the revised terms on the Amazon.com website. Your continued use of Alexa after the effective date of the revised Agreement constitutes your acceptance of the terms.”
Under “Alexa Calling and Messaging Schedule” at the end.
“1.6 Fees. AMCS does not currently charge fees for Alexa Calling and Messaging, but reserves the right to place limitations on use of certain services or features, including subscription or other fees. You and/or the recipient of your calls or messages may be required to pay carrier fees for data usage. AMCS has no responsibility for such fees.”
Look at what happened to Revolv’s smart home hub.
I have an Obihai 202 that gives me VoIP phone access using Google voice as well as SIP. It also supports an ObiTalk device to device protocol that routes through Obihai’s servers. Obihai was just acquired by Polycom at the beginning of 2018. For now there are no noticeable differences, but only time will tell if Polycom will continue to provide firmware support for the Obihai devices. I just tried the Obitalk **9 <obi device number> and that is still working at this time. Even if the device stopped working tomorrow, I have saved much more than its cost over the 3 years I have had it.
What would be the incentive for the “community” to continue to support cloud storage and notification which do have costs and provide it for free? My point is that even with source code, I really think the cameras would stop being useful for people that don’t have the ability to host their own server. Having source code would be a big advantage to the hackers that want to use it locally, but as I said before, that is probably a small portion of the market. And there may be software from the camera manufacturer that is encumbered and wont become open source.
I don’t mean this as doom and gloom. My only point is: Don’t expect free (or even prepaid “lifetime”) services to last forever, or you will be disappointed.
So enjoy the camera. When you weight the cost and benefits, hopefully you will come out ahead.