I’m not saying that they aren’t headed in this direction at some point. I just don’t see something like that coming for quite a while as the Connect App has very minimal functionality that mimics SmartThings.
I was part of the Account Migration Beta where they are working to convert everybody from SmartThings accounts to a Samsung account as part of a consolidation effort. I believe this has something to do with the overall Samsung cloud.
However, I’m not sure what their plans are for the applications. Will Samsung Connect become the new SmartThings, well I suppose it’s possible, but until SmartThings / Samsung announces this, it’s business as usual. If they are going this route, I don’t see it happening anytime soon with what is in production and with as little functionality that it contains.