I’ll take that bet, no question.
Products are consumer driven, but in this case the hardware products that Samsung care about are expensive televisions, refrigerators, and washing machines. And, of course, some mobile phones. They are stripping out features in theIr next IOT iteration, But not going more local.
Remember that they have already said that the vast majority of their customers have fewer than 15 devices and use no custom code whatsoever. The people in this forum are in no way representative of their typical customer.
If you want local operations, you can have it now – – but not from Samsung. Apple’s HomeKit runs everything locally except for voice processing, and even that can be done over cellular. Vera, Homeseer, Insteon, Zipato, and others all operate primarily locally.
SmartThings does not, and nothing in what they have done for the last three years (as opposed to what they have said) indicates that they intend to.
The people in this forum are a drop in the ocean compared to their potential smart television sales. We just aren’t the target market.
Anyway, I’ll shut up now. Everything is already been said many many times. Now we can wait and see what happens.
By the way, if you want to double the bet, i’m in for large pepperoni pizza too. ( i’m going to need something to go with all that beer. )