Control4 has announced the launch and availability for shipment of its Smart Home OS 3, designed to unify “hundreds” of connected devices in a single platform.

The new OS 3 promises thousands of new features with an intuitive UI facilitating one-touch control on mobile devices, touch screens, TVs and remotes. The ecosystem supports over 13,500 devices, according to Control4, and users will be able to personalize a smart home with filter views, as well as being able to view active icons for at-a-glance device status.

The company says the industry is at a tipping point, and that pundits are now forecasting by 2020 there will be 13 billion connected devices in homes. The rapid introduction of these products could fracture the smart home ecosystem and compound its complexity. Many smart devices don’t work together or make for easy operation, and consumers and their families have been left frustrated.

“The Control4 Smart Home OS is designed to remove complexity,” said Control4 Senior Vice President of Products and Services Charlie Kindel. “Every home is a mix of products from a variety of companies, a Smart Home OS embraces this reality, providing broad choice rather than creating a collection of tiny walled gardens that limit homeowners.”

Control4 believes that by aiming to encompass all of a home’s connected devices, OS 3 will break through many of the barriers of smart home adoption. “There is a delight—almost a sense of magic—when technology comes together and genuinely enhances our lives,” said Charlie. “And right now, only Control4 Smart Home OS 3 can deliver on that promise for the home.”

Professional installers are required to build out the systems in the home to make sure “everything works together” while the plan is for individuals or families to make the smart home experience entirely and uniquely their own.

More information on Smart Home OS 3 is available here.

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