Samsung SmartThings Stories July 13

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After less than two years, Samsung says that its SmartThings Find network has amassed over 200 million “nodes” for helping you find lost devices and Galaxy SmartTags.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories July 6

Samsung reportedly adding Phillips Hue Sync support to TVs with new SmartThings update

It’s no special feat to be able to control your lights with your Galaxy S22 anymore. The smart home is becoming the norm, and we like it that way. A new upcoming update to Samsung’s SmartThings will be adding something special – built-in support for Phillips Hue lighting so you can watch content on your Samsung TV and let your Hue bulbs color-match the show.

Samsung SmartThings Stories May 7, 2021

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Samsung SmartThings is getting an expansion. As a part of the ongoing Samsung/Microsoft partnership, an official SmartThings app has just arrived on Windows 10.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories April 21, 2021

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Early this year, Samsung teased a new program that would give old Galaxy smartphones a new life by repurposing them for smart home functions. This week, the first of those functions is rolling out with Samsung SmartThings using older phones as sensors.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories March 3, 2021

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The Shield TV is one of the most powerful and flexible options for running media to your TV, but it’s capable of much more. For a long time, the Shield TV has been able to act as a SmartThings hub, but now that functionality is being pulled.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories January 18, 2021

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After announcing that a partnership with Google would bring Nest devices to SmartThings this year, Samsung is about to integrate with one of Google’s platforms. Alongside the reveal of the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung has revealed that SmartThings is coming to Android Auto.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories January 14, 2021

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The Nest brand has built up a considerable collection of smart home hardware, and starting next year, that hardware is getting a new feature. All Google Nest devices will soon be supported in the Samsung SmartThings app.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories May 2, 2016

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Update: Samsung has issued a statement to us, which just expands on its earlier response. You can read it below the video.

Computer science researchers from the University of Michigan have shown how malicious apps could take control of Internet of Things devices in Samsung’s SmartThings platform – including the ability of an attacker to unlock a front door to gain physical access to a home.

The main weakness identified is that way that the SmartThings platform grants apps more privileges than needed to perform their stated functions, reports The Verge.

The researchers demonstrated this finding with a proof of concept app promising to monitor battery life on various devices. If the user agreed to let the malicious — but seemingly innocuous — app access their smart lock, the researchers could then not only monitor its battery, but perform the lock’s other functions, including unlocking the door. The researchers found 42 percent of 499 analyzed SmartApps are currently over-privileged in a similar way … 

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Samsung SmartThings Stories December 30, 2015

LG adds funky-looking hub to its SmartThinQ home automation system

As home automation devices proliferate, most tech companies seem to have decided that wirelessly connecting them up to a central hub is the best way to enable us to keep them all under control. Apple’s HomeKit platform uses the Apple TV as its central box, and Samsung has its SmartThings Hub.

LG is now following suit, pre-announcing the SmartThinQ Hub it plans to formally launch at CES. Interestingly, the device – which looks similar to the Amazon Echo – has a built-in display, which the company says can display alerts as well as allow direct control of devices without using your smartphone.

LG SmartThinQ Hub serves as a gateway to smart sensors and connected appliances in the home but is more than that, with the ability to display reminders from personal calendars and stream music from its built-in speaker. The elegantly designed SmartThinQ Hub includes a 3.5-inch color LCD display and connects to a smartphone app to facilitate two way communication with smart appliances and smart sensors in the home.

LG also offers SmartThinQ sensors, which aim to turn dumb appliances into smart ones by using things like vibration to allow a washing-machine to signal when a wash is complete.

The company hasn’t yet announced a price, but Samsung’s SmartThings Hub costs $99, so is likely to be in the same kind of range.

Samsung SmartThings Stories January 6, 2015

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Announcing a new version of its SmartThings Hub, Samsung co-CEO BK Yoon said that every piece of hardware the company makes will be a connected device within five years.

By 2017, 90% of all Samsung’s products will be Internet of Things devices, and that includes all of our televisions and mobile devices[…] Five years from now, every single piece of Samsung hardware will be an IoT device, whether it is an air purifier or an oven.

Yoon also said that the company was committed to open connectivity, rather than the walled garden approach the company has previously taken, where its devices only talk to other Samsung devices …  expand full story

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