Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

CES 2018: All Samsung devices will be internet-enabled by 2020

CES 2018: All Samsung devices will be internet-enabled by 2020

During its keynote presentation at this year's CES, Samsung detailed how it would provide consumers with intelligent Internet of Things experiences. As a result, consumers will be able to manage their connected home from the vehicle, and vice versa.

The company also announced several other automotive initiatives following on from its acquisition of Harman for $8 billion (£6bn) a year ago, including an open, modular platform for auto connectivity called DRVLINE.

Unfortunately, when we moseyed over Samsung's massive booth, we discovered the software powering the fridge was far from finished.

Samsung's new focus suggests that the South Korean electronics giant is keen to portray itself more than just a phone and television making company.

"SmartThings will be your remote control for your connected devices", Kim said. "These advancements will help consumers realise the benefits of a seamless and simple connected life". TVs will also include Bixby, Samsung's voice-controlled digital assistant, and will be able to double as a central hub for smart products around the home, letting users do everything from see who is at the front door to adjust the thermostat.

Samsung also said that it plans to connect Harman Ignite - an automotive cloud platform - to the SmartThings Cloud.

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Tim Baxter, president and chief executive of Samsung's USA arm, said the company's ultimate goal was an "eco-system of devices working together to produce unique experiences", during a presentation focussed on smart things at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It will work with the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), the world's largest IoT standardisation body, to set common industry standards for smart devices and to help products made by different manufacturers work together in harmony, and to boost security through its own secure Knox technology.

Samsung has been working towards providing its users with a seamless connected experience for the past few years and now it appears that all of the pieces are beginning to fall into place.

Kim noted that connecting new devices with old ones can be hard for consumers.

Previously, Samsung embarked upon technology enabling products to interact with each other. The new Family Hub refrigerators offer a wide range of smart features like syncing food storage with meal preparation, and keeping family members better connected and organized. Users can access millions of songs through various music streaming platforms and live radio apps, and mirror their Samsung Smart TV [1].

Finally this fridge talks to you, courtesy of Samsung's very own Alexa rival called Bixby. With 5G connectivity, Samsung demonstrated its vision for more comfortable driving. The new dashboard design, along with Bixby, allows drivers to control the in-car experience and their connected devices at home through voice, touch, gesture and context-based methods.

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