Samsung is looking to take advantage of its presence across the breadth of consumer electronics categories with its new Smart Home service, announced today. The electronics giant aims to make home automation easier for owners of its range of smartphones, Gear 2 smartwatches, TVs and white goods, with a single app able to connect home appliances and mobile devices.
The company says it plans to expand the service into home security and energy management in future. As well as enabling smartwatches (and of course smartphones) to control and check up on appliances, the service will allow users to control smart appliances in other novel ways —
"With the Samsung Smart Home app, people can control multiple devices simultaneously. For example, a user can simply say “Good Night” to the TV remote control, and connected devices within the home such as the Smart Bulb and air conditioners could be set-up to automatically turn off."
Samsung says the app will be coming to its Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatches, as well as smartphones through Google Play and Samsung apps. A separate app for the company's 2014 Smart TVs will launch later this month.