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Samsung's revamped SmartThings app could make it a better smart home option

Will it be good enough to make you switch, however?

Published onJune 8, 2021

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  • Samsung has introduced a redesigned SmartThings interface.
  • It’s meant to be easier, simpler, and faster.
  • The updated app is available for Android now, and iOS soon.

SmartThings frequently gets short shrift compared to rival smart home platforms from the likes of Apple and Google, but Samsung thinks it can change your mind. As Android Central notes, the company has introduced a revamped SmartThings interface on Android (iOS is coming soon) that could give you a reason to choose the technology over rival heavyweights.

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Samsung bills the new SmartThings UI as faster and simpler, with everything divided into five sections: Favorites, Devices, Life (for discovering services), Automations, and a catch-all Menu. If you always switch on the living room lights and TV when you get home, you’ll theoretically have an easier time activating them.

The rework follows Samsung introducing a similar experience for Galaxy Books and other PCs through the recently launched SmartThings Windows app.

This might throw you off if you’re used to the earlier SmartThings interface. However, it also appears considerably easier to understand at first blush. That could make it a viable alternative if you’re either frustrated with the competition or want to try the platform built with your Galaxy phone in mind.

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