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Samsung to build an open-connected IoT ecosystem

Samsung is attempting to build an open-connected ecosystem wherein all of its household appliances can be controlled using a universal application—or Bixby. The platform is still on the drawing board, reports Business Korea, noting the firm is hoping to start development in the not-too-distant future.

“Samsung Electronics’ Connected Vision has a philosophy that all innovation will be built on openness and partnership,” said Patrick Chomet, Executive VP of Product Strategy. “We are planning to build an open, connected ecosystem where the large volume of hardware, software and services are organically harmonized.”

It’s believed that the long-rumored Bixby Speaker will sit at the center of an ideal Connected Vision household, letting residents control their microwave, refrigerator, TV and oven using their voice. They’ll also be able to use the platform to place calls and send messages via their Galaxy-branded smartphone.

If Samsung decides to develop an API for third-party developers, the possibilities would be truly endless. You’d be able to, for example, use your Harmon Kardon-built Bixby Speaker to close the blinds in your bedroom, turn off the lights and even lock your property’s gate—all without having to step out of bed.

Don’t get too excited, though. Everything outlined in the report is pure speculation, but it all seems feasible, especially when you consider that the IoT market is expected to grow from 655.8 billion in 2014 to an eye-watering $1.7 trillion in 2020. That’s definitely something Samsung would want to be a part of.

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