The Galaxy S8’s main selling point still isn’t fully formed. Announced the week leading up to today’s main event, Bixby is as much a key building block for the company moving forward as it is a shiny new piece of a flagship phone. The company is finally ready to make its play for the smart home, and the new messenger is going to be a key component.
Desperate to find new future growth engines, Samsung Electronics is betting big on the Internet of Things, a network technology which connects objects with humans.
The electronics giant has announced a package of plans to grow the business for the connected technology at the Internet of Things Policy Dialogue, an industry conference held at the head office of the US daily Washington Post in Washington on June 21.
The huge US investment shows its commitment to connected gadgets.
Samsung is willing to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to the Internet of Things. The electronics giant is spending $1.2 billion on IoT development in the US over the next 4 years, sharing it between startups and its own work. This isn’t just about getting into a young field, if you ask Samsung. The company pitches this as crucial to dealing with an aging population — connected gadgets could help an older generation maintain its independence.
SmartThings, one of the key elements of Samsung’s smart home effort, has been hampered by glitches in recent months.
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<blockquote class="curated_content">LG and Samsung are planning to do battle for control of your home at CES. Samsung is bringing its acquired SmartThings technology to TVs to provide a central hub from which your home can be controlled. LG just announced it is going to showcase its Smarthome Hub at CES as well. Each idea has its merits and problems, but I think LG is closer to what we initially need than Samsung is. Let me explain.</blockquote>
BERLIN—Samsung Electronics Co. will allow an increasing number of its devices to interact with those of competitors, said Rory O’Neill, the company’s vice president of marketing for Europe. The new Gear S2 is Samsung’s first smart watch that can communicate with Android devices other than those produced by the South Korean company.
Mr. O’Neill told The Wall Street Journal Friday at trade fair IFA in Berlin that Samsung’s new smart watch is only the first in a line of products that will be compatible with devices from other companies. The Gear S2, which Samsung launched just before the trade show, can connect with all smartphones running Google Inc.’s Android operating system 4.4 and higher. Previous smart watches produced by the South Korean company required a Samsung smartphone.
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Samsung has brought their recently announced new SmartThings Home Automation range to UK. The new Starter Kit, which includes the new Hub announced at IFA last week lets users control, secure and monitor their home from any location. Samsung only produces a Moisture Sensor but that is not part of the starter kit.
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There are tons of options available when it comes to products designed for automating your home. SmartThings, the home automation company purchased by Samsung last year, has so far offered some unique features like open development tools and a capable radio-packed hub. They are continuing to build on these features with version 2.0 of their home automation hub.
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