Theis no longer beholden to Apple. It’ll now work with your Android smartphone, and you can buy a new $70 Wi-Fi adapter to check on your lock from afar. Before today, the lock only worked with iPhones, and you needed an for remote functionality.
We liked the $230 Schlage Sensetwo years ago, but it didn’t work with as many platforms as the competition, and it’s only lost ground in the time since. For comparison, the $230 not only has Android and Apple apps, but you can also control the lock with your voice through the , the and through your . August has also had a .
Since Schlage is just now catching up on the basics, it still has a way to go to unseat August as our favorite smart lock. Still, the Android compatibility and Wi-Fi Adapter are welcome upgrades, even if they’re long overdue.
With the Wi-Fi adapter, you’ll be able to receive notifications and check on your lock remotely. You could do that before with the Apple TV as a hub, and other Schlage locks could sync with third-party hubs like. The adapter will make it easier to get the full functionality of the smart device if you’re not invested in a larger smart-home ecosystem.