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Samsung Smart Home makes its debut in the US and Korea
Samsung Electronics announced the official global launch of its Samsung Smart Home service today, which will enable users to automate their various home appliances from a single app. The service will be rolling out in Korea and the United States first.
Through the app, users can add and manage a variety of devices and appliances that are connected to their wireless home network. For additional security, Samsung says that all wireless transmissions will also be encrypted.
With the Samsung Smart Home app users will be able to control multiple devices simultaneously. Samsung gives the example of a user saying “Good Night” to the TV remote control, and connected devices within the home, such as Smart Bulbs or air conditioners. could be set-up to automatically turn off as well.
“Samsung Smart Home lets people live better, worry less and be smarter with their devices and appliances.” Dr. WonPyo Hong, Samsung Electronics
In the United States, the range of compatible products includes the Samsung Smart French Door Refrigerator, the Samsung Smart Front Loading Washing Machine, all 2014 Smart TV models, the new Samsung Gear 2, and smartphones with Android 4.0 and above, which of course includes the upcoming GalaxyS5 too.
Things are a little different in Korea, the service is still compatible with the Gear 2 and various Samsung handsets, the service will also work with a Samsung air conditioner. Essentially, each market will be receiving its own line-up of compatible products that work with Samsung Smart. Speaking of other regions, Samsung hasn’t outlined specific dates for when the service will be going live around the rest of the world, but other countries will start seeing support at various points throughout 2014.
Samsung’s smart product range will also be expanding over the course of this year, with Smart Bulbs, ovens, vacuum cleaners, and support for the Galaxy Fit all heading our way in the near future.
The app will be available for download from Samsung Apps and Google Play. A separate app will be available for the Tizen powered Samsung Gear 2, with another app for Samsung’s 2014 Smart TV models to be made available later this month as well.
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