Amazon Acquiring Video Doorbell Maker Ring, but HomeKit Support is Still Coming

Amazon is acquiring Ring, the company that makes a range of WiFi-enabled home security products that include video doorbells, reports GeekWire. The two companies are expected to officially announce the acquisition news later this afternoon, but provided a statement to GeekWire.
"Ring is committed to our mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods by providing effective yet affordable home security tools to our neighbors that make a positive impact on our homes, our communities, and the world," a Ring spokesperson said in a statement. "We'll be able to achieve even more by partnering with an inventive, customer-centric company like Amazon. We look forward to being a part of the Amazon team as we work toward our vision for safer neighborhoods."
Many customers who own Ring products have been eagerly awaiting integration with Apple's HomeKit platform, and though Amazon is purchasing the company, Ring has this afternoon promised on Twitter that support is still coming. According to Ring, HomeKit support is being tested for Ring Pro and the Floodlight Cam, with the company promising to offer details on a release date following once testing is completed.

HomeKit support is a feature that Ring has been promising for some time. In October, for example, Ring said bringing HomeKit support to its Ring Pro and Floodlight Cam was an "ongoing project" but had "been delayed." Ring support for Amazon's Alexa products has been available for months now.


Ring has been offering video doorbells for several years now, and recently expanded its product lineup with additional cameras and a new range of connected lights added to the Ring lineup through an acquisition of Mr. Beam.

Amazon has recently become interested in smart home-related companies, and back in December, purchased Blink, another company that offers home security cameras and video doorbells. Amazon has also released its own home security camera, the Cloud Cam.

Amazon's interest in smart home products stems from its Amazon Echo line of products, which offer Alexa integration and allow users to control their third-party smart home devices. Alexa works with many of the smart home products on the market today.

Tags: HomeKit, Ring


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24 weeks ago
Hopefully the fee for storing video in the cloud will become a Prime "benefit.
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24 weeks ago
I remember Doorbot (now Ring) getting rejected on Shark Tank. They've come a long way, I'd say.
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24 weeks ago
Unbelievable.

I chose a Ring Pro simply because they are the industry leader on this thing and HomeKit support was a no-brainer for them to support, even though they had done nothing but say "It's coming!" for literally 2 years now.

Now that Amazon has them, am I *really* supposed to believe their crap still? They were on very thin ice with regards to delivering what their customers were asking for, and this honestly looks like it will be the final nail in the coffin for HomeKit support. They can say "I promise!" all they want but it's worth nothing at this point.
Rating: 8 Votes
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24 weeks ago
Wow, this surprises me. Love RING products. Amazon will rule the world someday it seems.
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24 weeks ago
Call me a skeptic but I see this working out about as well as Google acquiring Nest. Stifled innovation, long product update turn around times, lackluster software updates. How disappointing
Rating: 7 Votes
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24 weeks ago
I'm sure it will come eventually but with Amazon buying it, expect Amazon to press pause on adding HomeKit support for a few years and drag out the wait for it as long as possible like they did with the Amazon app for Apple TV.
Rating: 6 Votes
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24 weeks ago

Crap. I have a Ring Pro and I’m happy with it, but not too happy with Amazon’s acquisition.

Nest is coming out with one, but since it’s owned by Google, there’s no way in hell HomeKit support will be added.

Any other solutions? Doesn’t look like it...


Wait for Apple to catch onto the trend and come out with the DoorPod, which should take about 8 years.
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24 weeks ago
Well it looks like the RingPro will never have HomeKit support now....guess I need to start shopping for a new doorbell cam.
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24 weeks ago

Will amazon now watch for my amazon packages to be delivered safely? :p

Probably, integrate QR code reading software to the Ring, and the Amazon door lock thingy and youve got an integrated solution that lets you watch your parcels being delivered.
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24 weeks ago
I was just thinking over the weekend when I got one that I wished Apple would buy them.
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