Samsung has said it will make all its products Internet of Things compliant by 2020. The company said at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it is working with partners such as the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) to set common industry standards.
According to Samsung, it will integrate its IoT applications, including Samsung Connect, Smart Home, Smart View and more into the SmartThings app to connect and control any SmartThings-enabled device directly from their phone, TV, or car from a single application.
Samsung added that it plans to connect Harman Ignite – an automotive cloud platform – to the SmartThings Cloud. As a result of this link, say company executives, consumers will be able to manage their connected home from their car and vice versa.
The company will also bring its Amazon Alexa rival, the artificial intelligence (AI) powered assistant Bixby to some of its smart TVs and new Family Hub refrigerators. These new fridges will offer a wide range of smart features, such as syncing food storage with meal preparation and will be able to recognise the individual voices of family members, to give personalized information such as news, weather and calendar updates.
Hyunsuk (HS) Kim, President, head of the company’s Consumer Electronics Division and Samsung Research said: “At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch. With the new products and services announced today, we’re making IoT easier and more seamless,” said “We’re committed to accelerating IoT adoption for everyone and making all Samsung connected devices intelligent by 2020. These advancements will help consumers realise the benefits of a seamless and simple connected life.”