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Stringify Surprises No One by Announcing Imminent Shutdown

Stringify Surprises No One by Announcing Imminent Shutdown
While a Stringify shutdown shouldn't surprise anyone, it does leave users in somewhat of a lurch. Where can you go now for complex logic flows and automations to power your smart home?

Stringify sent out notice to its users today that it will be shutting down its free, cloud-based service integration platform. The announcement comes as little surprise after a 2017 acquisition by Comcast. Many users expected Comcast to shutter Stringify immediately, but forum and blog posts at the time of the acquisition proclaimed otherwise, stating how “moving forward, we will also be working with our fantastic partners to continue to operate and evolve the Stringify service.” Stringify shutdown averted!

That was just nineteen months ago. Today Stringify announced, in an email distribution from former CEO Mike Yurochko, that its consumer-facing app and service will shut down at the end of June.

The Obvious Choice

The team and technology behind Stringify has always been impressive. So it was a logical acquisition for any company looking to rein in today’s fragmented smart home technologies. But keeping Stringify’s consumer-facing app in play after building out the platform for X1 and Comcast smart home never made much sense. What possible motivation could a huge company that answers to shareholders possibly have to now support and maintain Stringify?

The Stringify user experience has always needed improvement, but other free, cloud-based service integration offerings just can’t match its versatility. We’ve taken and run with Ring Founder Jamie Siminoff’s idea that IFTTT “needs more T’s.” It lets you do only one thing based on one thing happening. Stringify offers so much more: It allows you to define automation flows with multiple triggers, conditions, and outcomes.

You Have Options

Stringify’s absence will be problematic for some, but there are alternatives you can try. Yurochko’s message suggests IFTTT, Yonomi, and WebCore. We’ve just talked about IFTTT’s limitations, and WebCore is for consumers with a hub in house. Yonomi, however, does offer similar cloud-based integration possibilities, just not as complex as what you can do in Stringify. That said, Yonomi’s team rolled out the red carpet for Stringify users today with a blog post to help people transition to their service.

Some less obvious options exist, too. Google Voice and Alexa both offer routines with conditional logic. HomeKit boasts a powerful automation engine. And if you have a smart home hub, many also integrate with some cloud-based services.

Without a doubt, we will miss Stringify for all its power and experience quirks. Let us know how you feel about the Stringify shutdown in the comments. What were some of your favorite uses for it, and what are you thinking of using in its stead?

7/1/2019 UPDATE: Stringify indicated yesterday that they will continue to operate until July 8.


About the author

Richard Gunther

Richard is a product experience consultant with a life-long interest in consumer electronics. He has been immersed in smart home tech for decades now and hosts The DMZ's home automation podcast, Home: On and co-hosts Entertainment 2.0 with Josh Pollard. Richard looks at products through an experience lens, always seeking the right mix of utility and delight.