Nice Start, but Stupid Business Model for Google Assistant

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I was thrilled to see that MyQ was going to support IFFFT and Google Assistant, but depressed to see that stupid business model. Really? Charging for asking if my garage door is closed? I'm sure there's a spreadsheet somewhere that actually says you'll make money at that. Good luck. And still no support for Amazon Echo from what I can see.

How about publishing a real open API? You'd have dozens of amazing integrations in a matter of days (most of which would be free). You have kept all of your stuff closed and proprietary and the garage door openers work well, but the software just has not kept pace. Don't try to write it all yourself. Let the developer community do it for you.
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Scott Daniel

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Scott Plunkett

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Hallelujah! I couldn't agree more. +1
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Larry Rosenman

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And Google's Home app doesn't know from MyQ yet. :( 
and +1 on the BAD business model
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MyQ Community Manager, Employee

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Larry, can you give me a little detail regarding the issue you're having accessing MyQ from Google Home? Lauren
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Larry Rosenman

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The google home app does *NOT* list MyQ.  However searching for it on the assistant app on my S8+ found it.  It *REALLY* should be CLEARER what to do. 
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MyQ Community Manager, Employee

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Larry, you are absolutely right. I'm reporting this to our product and marketing teams now. Thanks for the feedback. Lauren
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Ah, I agree 1,000%. All we need is getting the status, open and close. So simple!!! I also totally agree regarding the development. As I stated in a previous thread just implement IFTTT which is supported by most home automation systems. Also add an API to directly talk to the myQ box on the network. Home automation companies and individuals/public can then do their own integration. There are too many systems out there. So two interfaces each with 3 simple functions. So simple and not costly to develop and maintain. Instead Chamberlain not only fails to offer a function to open the garage door but also nickel and dimes customers. I would bet that the loss of this backwards thinking is larger than the gain.
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You artificially prevent automated control from Wink/IFTTT and then when you finally allow it, you charge for it. This is zero cost to you. It's idiotic to give you money for doing nothing.
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Kesh Patel

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Sounds like everyone is upset like me! So I did something about it! 

Watch the below - hope this helps! I never use the MyQ app anymore :) Please vote on the video so I know if it helps you all! Best of all my integration is simple, quick, extremely inexpensive and best of all directly integrated with Google Assistant / Alexa without the use of IFTTT! No latency!
https://youtu.be/T2YbdD50pqY
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Pm

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I like the video. Having said that, can you please elaborate on the device you used? I assessment it also needs some programming/configuration. That's the kind of information people need so they can do what you did.
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Kesh Patel

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Yeah I see that. I just added step by step in the information section of the video - hope that helps! :)