Making technology work for you also means it has to work with other technology. Using a single “eco-System” is a bit like having one universal remote control with everything linked to it.
Access to all your devices via a phone app, voice assistant or web browser can be provided via a home automation eco-System such as “Google Home”, Apple Home Kit, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Alexa and others. There are also some proprietary and product-specific systems such as Tuya smart, Brilliant lighting, Grid connect and more.
The underlying rule is not to attempt too many brands trying to work together.
The aim is for things working well together. One guideline is to pick just one brand and stick with it as best as possible. The expectation here is you should get a good level of interoperability and it is usually true. Too many different gadgets from different suppliers is a sure-fire way to experience more frustration. Try to avoid the temptation of something new just because it on special or run-out models or a new gimmick. It is going to cost more in the long run than the few extra dollars to stick with your main brand choice.
Too many different gadgets from different suppliers is a sure-fire way to experience more frustration.