There may be hope for a common IoT standard yet! Two IoT standardization groups announded today that they will collaborate, according to Forbes. Thread, founded by Nest, and the newly formed Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), spearheaded by Intel and Qualcomm, will work to ensure compatibility between their communication protocols,
The groups' protocols operate at different network layers, and so are complementary. Thread is a networking protocol that allows actual wireless chips to connect and communicate with each other. OCF, on the other hand, has developed software for the application layer which defines specific commands and instructions that can be communicated over the networking protocol.
This may put us one step closer to the Holy Grail of having products from different vendors that work together straight out of the box. Although don't hold your breath, as there is a lot more work to be done.