Samsung’s ‘Smart Home’ App Connects Phones, TVs – and Refrigerators

SmartHome_0103_imagestyle_ENG_1Samsung will unveil a service this week that lets consumers control the devices in their homes — TVs, tablets, washing machines, refrigerators — via a single app. Samsung will debut its “Smart Home” service at CES, the annual tech tradeshow that kicks off in Las Vegas this week.

The company said Smart Home will provide three main features: device control, home view and smart customer service. Device control lets the user control the home’s various devices remotely via the app, such as switching on the lights, whether or not the individual is at home. Home view will offer real-time views into the home, while the customer service function will alert the customer that it’s time to replace or service an appliance.

The Smart Home platform will initially focus on a selection of Samsung Smart TVs, home appliances and smartphones, but it will eventually expand to other manufacturer’s products, too. It will roll out across Samsung devices in the first half of this year, the company said.

“In the coming days, we will continue to roll out better home services to our consumers to enable them to keep enjoying a brand-new experience of ‘Smart Living and Beyond,’” Wonpyo Hong, president of Media Solutions Center for Samsung Electronics, said in a statement announcing Smart Home.