A hub is pivotal for the seamless operation of a smart home. With the different standards and platforms, it can often be confusing to figure out which hub to get and whether it would support all of the standards. Samsung wants to simplify this process so that everyone can join the smart home revolution, even when they don't possess a lot of technical knowledge.
To that end, the company has been baking the SmartThings Hub functionality into many of its consumer electronics devices. It announced at the Samsung Developers Conference 2023 today that more Samsung products will now be able to double as a SmartThings Hub.
More Samsung products now work as SmartThings Hubs
This is the expansion of the Hub Everywhere initiative that Samsung announced back at SDC 2021. That was the first time that it enabled Samsung smart TVs, smart monitors, and Family Hub refrigerators to work as hubs. The company announced today that this functionality is now being expanded to many new products, including Samsung Sound Bars.
By utilizing its popular consumer electronics devices as hubs, Samsung creates a potent Multi-Hub Network that ensures continuity of the smart home, even if you replace or add a new device. For example, you might change your Samsung smart TV but if the Family Hub refrigerator is still in the kitchen, the smart home will continue to work seamlessly.
Samsung has also been closely collaborating with Aqara, a big manufacturer of connected devices, so that its Internet of Things sensors can work more effectively with SmartThings to create smart homes that are more accessible and intuitive.