Samsung launches “Smart Home” Android app and two compatible appliances

Samsung logoSamsung is jumping into the nascent smart home market with the appropriately named "Samsung Smart Home" service. The service is launching in the United States and Korea today via an Android app and a small handful of compatible appliances.

Samsung didn't elaborate on what the app does right now, but the company did say that users can "manage" compatible devices that are connected to a home network. Samsung said the system will eventually allow you to "say goodnight to the TV remote control and connected devices within the home, such as the Smart Bulb, and air conditioners could be set up to automatically turn off." At the bottom of its blog post, Samsung said that this functionality won't be ready until the second half of this year.

Samsung launches “Smart Home” Android app and two compatible appliances

The app appears to support things like turning compatible appliances on and off via buttons announcing that you are leaving the house, coming home soon, sleeping, or just waking up.

And now for the really annoying part of any smart home solution: compatibility. The Android app is not limited to Samsung devices, but you will need a Samsung account to sign up. In the United States, the service currently appears to be compatible with two items: the "Samsung Smart French Door Refrigerator" and the "Samsung Smart Front Loading Washing Machine." That's it for right now—two whole appliances.

Samsung said it will also make an app for the Tizen-based Gear 2 "soon," and an app for Samsung's 2014 smart TV models will come in April. The company also says it wants to expand the service to its smart bulbs, robot vacuum cleaners, and the Gear Fit, which is a nice way of saying that none of those things are currently compatible.

Every system has to start somewhere, though, and Samsung certainly has the electronics and appliance product lineup to make its solution work. It looks like it will take some time for Samsung to get everything in order, and even when everything is ready, you'll have to buy all new appliances to take advantage of Samsung's new system.

Source: Ars Technica

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