Samsung Developer Conference is today (October 5th). Some SmartThings related new and resources are starting to come out. Hopefully session recordings get uploaded in a timely manner, but here’s what I’ve seen so far
Fluffy PR piece
Hub Everywhere blog post, including a little info on Hub Replace functionality (finally!)
Matter Bridge support blog post.
New APIs: SmartThings Home, Context and Enterprise
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SmartThings Intelligence platform looks to be a cloud based machine learning algorithm that WWST companies can use. A couple presence models have been tested. Outputs of the model are sent via the Conext API. No mention if there’s a charge for this service.
I note the direct communication between app/API and hub for control of Matter devices.
I wonder if they will be able to integrate this into the SmartThings mobile apps.
I haven’t sat through the talks but my feeling from the synopses is that the future of SmartThings is being seen as more of a backend service for third party companies. I can envisage the SmartThings client apps rebranding under the Samsung name and ceasing to pretend to be in any way a ‘neutral’ offering. As a hobbyist/DIY kind of user I am beginning to feel as squeezed out as I was five years ago when the embryonic ‘new’ platform had nothing to offer. There was a period when things were looking good but something has changed.
I haven’t tried controlling Matter devices manually without internet, but might need to!
I think Samsung, like most other companies in the Smart Home space, are trying as many avenues as possible to make SmartThings profitable. They ditched the dedicated hardware many years ago and are now embedding it in their traditional products as a value-add. Now they’re taking a swing at Smart Home SaaS. They’ve been talking about multi-family smart home SaaS for several years now and even had some updates on it at this years SDC.