Samsung launches Smart Home service in US and South Korea
Samsung has announced that its Smart Home platform is beginning to roll out in South Korea and the U.S., with other countries to follow later on. Smart Home will allow users to manage their connected appliances and devices – smart TVs, refrigerators, washing machines – from an app on their smartphone or tablet – for example, they can say “Good Night” to the TV remote control to turn off connected devices such as air conditioners, or control the washer and “correct wash settings for the laundry to be ready just when they arrive at home.”
Compatibility with some of Samsung’s appliances will be arriving in the second half of the year. Users will need to register for a Samsung Account to use the app, which can be downloaded from Google Play or the Samsung Apps store on Android devices running Android 4.0 and above. The app will also be making its way to the Gear 2 sometime later this year, which means that both Android and Tizen will be part of the Korean manufacturer’s smart home ecosystem.