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Samsung SmartThings – For Your Connected Smart Home

Need to teach your home about how it can assist you and automate your home to react to your unique lifestyle? Now that is not hard as you think. Samsung SmartThings is on your side to help you. It can teach your home new tricks and make your life easier. Any home can be a smart home with Samsung SmartThings.

Devices of Samsung SmartThings

What is Samsung SmartThings?

In 2012, a technology company named SmartThings Inc. was founded in Mountain View, California. They built an open platform for smart homes and the consumer Internet of Things. This Company began to sell its products commercially on its own Website in August 2013. And they started to sell their products on Amazon.com in September 2013. In August 2014, SmartThings Inc announced that they had reached an agreement to be acquired by Samsung Group which is a South Korean multinational company. But SmartThings Inc would operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center. The acquisition was the foundation to move into the internet of things space by Samsung. Now Samsung SmartThings is becoming one of the biggest and most recognizable names in the IoT space.

One of the biggest problem when building a smart home is that, usually the user has to deal with the disparate collection of devices. Samsung SmartThings concerns about that and designed their SmartThings technology with reducing those difficulties. They provide a single hub and app those can be used to control your home and convert it into a smart home. With this free SmartThings app, the you can receive important notifications about what’s happening at your home and you can control smart devices in your smart home with a simple tap.

Categories of devices in Samsung SmartThings

There are several categories of devices in Samsung SmartThings technology. They are

  • Hubs
  • Integrations
  • Voice Assistants
  •  Lighting and Switches
  • Outlets

Devices of Samsung SmartThings

Living in your smart home

In Samsung SmartThings technology, Hubs are used to connect with IoT devices through the Internet. The user can monitor, control, and automate IoT devices using integrations. Google Home, Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap are the devices which belong to voice assistant category products of  Samsung SmartThings.

Using voice assistants, the user can get help from Google voice Assistant service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather reports, and much more. Also, user can stream music from Google Play Music and YouTube. The user can control a wide range of connected outlets, lights, switches, and dimmers with user’s voice commands. This technology helps to use SmartThings Routines to control multiple devices with single voice command. The user just needs to say “Alexa, turn on Good Morning” or “Alexa, turn on Party Time.” Then all the connected devices will operate according to the setting defined under that routine. Amazon Tap is Amazon Alexa enabled portable Bluetooth speaker which is also built with above capabilities.

Image ofAmazon Alexa

Samsung SmartThings technology supports devices in several brands. So you don’t need to get lights, switches, and outlets in Samsung brand. If you are using a Samsung SmartThings compatible bulb you can automate it with SmartThings and set them to turn on, off, or change color when doors are opened, when there’s activity in your home, and much more. You can control outlet with your voice commands using SmartThings and the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

The Samsung SmartThings second-generation hub supports wider varieties of devices and third-party integrations, such as for Amazon Alexa. It has dramatically improved SmartThings. When it first launched, SmartThings was an interesting look at the future. But now it’s become an essential part of any smart home. You can control hundreds of connected devices from other brands through the SmartThings Hub and app.

Samsung SmartThings also get some competition with Google and Apple. Both of them have their own smart home solutions. But Google’s and Apple’s solutions are relatively far behind Samsung in terms of quality and number of products that they support.

      

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