The annual Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in San Francisco brought developers, builders and designers together to exchange ideas about connectivity and connected experiences.
At the event, Samsung shared its vision to create simple and innovative customer experiences, including the current developments within SmartThings. This connectivity platform has become a smarter living tool, thanks to the integration with Bixby and the seamless connection with devices compatible with Matter.
Samsung’s vision for connectivity is inspired by the Calm Technology philosophy – where devices work together immediately, so you can save time on setup and get started right away. To this end, they have redesigned SmartThings and its associated services and partnerships. For example, the capabilities of Samsung’s Hub Everywhere have been expanded with audiovisual data. SmartThings Energy, SmartThings Pet and SmartThings Cooking were also updated according to this philosophy. For example, we’ve partnered with Philips Hue to integrate Philips Hue Sync directly into Galaxy devices, so you can easily match the smart lighting in your home with your music.
So this seamless experience goes beyond Samsung’s ecosystem, thanks to the integration of SmartThings with Matter and Samsung’s participation in the Home Connectivity Alliance. Google and Samsung are working together to ensure that multi-admin functionality for Matter devices allows you to find and link your devices across platforms.
Bixby is even more integrated with SmartThings, allowing developers to develop more intelligent voice control. Bixby is the AI solution that allows you to control not only individual Galaxy devices, but also entire connected ecosystems of Samsung devices. With the new Bixby Home Studio, developers can now build distinctive, customized experiences for the SmartThings platform.
The smart home is becoming more and more complex, which is why they are coming up with a new security paradigm through which Samsung devices protect each other. Samsung Knox Matrix is a security platform based on a private blockchain that turns specific Samsung devices into a shield protecting your entire connected ecosystem. From Galaxy devices to TVs and home appliances. Additionally, you can easily customize your privacy settings with the new security and privacy dashboard, which scans for vulnerabilities, recommends security updates, and provides data management options.
Over the past year, Samsung TV Plus – Samsung’s free, ad-supported streaming TV and video platform available on Samsung Smart TVs and Samsung mobile devices – has achieved 100% viewership growth. They expect to have streamed 3 billion hours by the end of this year. To maintain this momentum, they have expanded Samsung TV Plus’ offering by partnering with Lionsgate and Vice Media for 8K video on demand. Samsung TV Plus has also been redesigned to display the wide range of content – more than 1,600 channels in 24 countries.
Even after 10 years of loyal service, the Samsung Tizen operating system (OS) still offers the best user experience. Samsung Gaming Hub provides faster and easier access to games on Samsung Smart TV, provided by leading partners such as Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Utomik and Amazon Luna. Samsung Gaming Hub integrates features such as AI upscaling and multitasking to make gaming on Samsung Smart TV an immersive and optimized experience.
Tizen OS will also offer NFT support with partners such as Art Token, laCollection and Nifty Gateway. For B2B customers and developers, we offer business-focused B2B APIs and use cases like Syncplay, which enables content to be played across multiple signage screens in sync. Tizen also introduces SALT, a new conversion solution that enables the highest quality HDR10+ content to be displayed on supported TVs.
Forward-looking investments and research
Samsung Research looks further ahead: they want to innovate for a better future and open collaboration. Samsung Research is making its robot arm control code available on GitHub, allowing academics, researchers and developers to explore new ideas for robot control.
Samsung’s research team was also inspired by the new wellness functions on the Galaxy Watch5 in particular. To find new use cases that take advantage of these features, Samsung Research collaborates with universities and healthcare institutions in the fields of heart health, stress, blood pressure, lung health and neuroscience. The result: a full-stack SDK – the Samsung Health Stack – that will give wings to research in important health areas and drive new developments.
Developers, builders, partners and others are all invited to join the drive for open collaboration and seamless connected experiences. Read more about the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) 2022 at developer.samsung.com.