Facebook announced at its F8 developer conference, that it is introducing a new software development kit for Parse, a company it acquired in 2013, that provides cloud backend for app developers.
According to Verge, the goal of the company is to make it easy for apps built on Parse to share data with connected devices like smart locks and lightbulbs. Facebook hopes that this will make it easy for data to flow into the social network, so we can easily get notifications in your news feed or on Messenger.
A number of companies working on the internet of things already use Parse.
Facebook's Parse is facing competition from Apple's HomeKit and Google's Android @Home, now replaced by a more full-fledged push centered around Nest.
As the number of connected devices in our lives are increasing, these tech giants want to make sure they can leverage that river of data and integrate it into the software services we use daily.