In a rare show of unity, Google, Amazon, and Apple have joined forces to create a new standard for communicating with smart home devices. Not all smart devices work with all smart assistants or smart speakers.

The biggest winner in this situation, though, might be Apple, whose HomePod smart speaker only has about 2 percent of market share in the US among smart device owners.

Apple has hundreds while Amazon and Google have tens of thousands of smart home integrations.  Apple will struggle with Smart HomeKit unless this arrangement is cemented.

We don’t know, however, when that will be. The group plans to release a draft of the standard and a “preliminary reference open source implementation” in late 2020, according to a FAQ provided by Google. It could take years before consumers will have widespread access to universal smart devices.

For now, consumers still have to look for smart devices that work with their smart assistant of choice.