I think your missing the point around cloud vs local here.
- Cloud is reliant on an internet connection with a single point of failure.
I have experienced this personally and live in a first world country. It’s not nice, when your lights turn on in the middle of the night or your systems and appliances starts making noise due to no internet. (If you have used Amazon Echo and had an internet outage at 3am in the morning, due to network upgrades. (You would understand)
- Local control (ie a Homey hub) you lose access to cloud apps, but maintain all your locally connected device. For example, All ZigBee, Z-Wave, WiFi, Bluetooth, All IR controlled devices lights. So yes their is a major difference between cloud and local (also you do not lose local control with Homey Hub as people are saying in the chat- “because they need cloud” NO they don’t)
To answer your second question.
No I have not lost local control “yet”, but from the kick off and all the noise being created from the presentation. Cloud is Athom future.
No reference to new local hub on continued support of local hub.
No reference or thanks to existing install base.
Heck. They might as well just get it over with and open the platform.
Making it available as Image/Application and offer pro subscription service.
That way we can just host it on a Rasp Pi or Container and utilise cheap and reliable ZigBee and z-wave controllers and the likes of Broadcom for IR control.