These presentations were not from “some staff”; they were high-level engineers sharing official, publishable information. Not back channels, nor misinformed support agents.
Of course, there are so many variables and management levels, departments, etc., involved, that there’s an infinite number of ways this will turn out.
The optimistic hypothesis continues to be that Samsung is in an “extended transition / transformation” period, during which the lack of clarity within and outside the company, paradoxically keeps making that period longer and longer. How the heck can this be optimistic? Depends if “knowing” is better than “not knowing”. In other words, nothing that SmartThings is doing now is set in stone. There have been significant design changes made since the previous SDC - improvements, actually. SmartThings has demonstrated that they can and do discover what’s wrong with their designs and plans (eventually) and then changes course.
They’ll do it again.
The problems with the “Capabilities” limitation and the proposed hyper-streamlined “new Capability approval process” mentioned in this thread is so darn hilariously “obvious”, it is inevitable that they will eventually see this too, and course corrections will be made. I quote “obvious” on purpose. It is equally possible that we don’t see how obvious it is that we are just idiots, and they are so brilliant, it is beyond our ability to comprehend it!
No use being pessimistic. As is and will always be the case: SmartThings is gonna do, what SmartThings is gonna do. As will Samsung, and as will consumers.
The “non-average consumers” that participate in this Community and use tools like WebCoRE, etc., will either continue to have patience with this platform (rewarded or unrewarded) or will move on to whatever they feel fits their individual needs better. Samsung / SmartThings has never taken Community sentiment into account - they aren’t about to start now.
- Samsung believes that Bixby will be superior to all the similar natural language AI interaction engines. They believe they can convince sufficient numbers of developers and consumers to use Bixby.
- Samsung also believes that SmartThings Cloud will be superior to all other consumer-oriented IoT platforms (and probably think it can be competitive in the commercial space as well).
- At SDC18, Samsung emphasized that the above 2 items are highly related.
- At SDC18, Samsung also demonstrated that they are innovation leaders, by demonstrating the first functioning foldable smartphone display. It may be hubris and outrageous extrapolation, but Samsung projects that their innovations in some areas mean that they will be successful in the other endeavors.
Glaciers do not appear to move - but “this is happening” people; this … “is happening”:
- All the SmartThings Accounts will eventually be converted to Samsung Accounts.
- The Classic App will eventually be deprecated, regardless of what is and is not functional in the new App.
- The Classic Groovy API will also eventually be deprecated, regardless of whether or not existing developers jump ship. The ship isn’t sinking - it’s being overrun with cats.
My silly Saturday night rambling. The morals?
- Consumers can expect SmartThings to remain as unpredictable as ever. The couple million existing customers are nothing compared to the millions more that will eventually be acquired: SmartThings is now in 22 nations - not just 4.
- Power-users and small developers can expect SmartThings to remain as unpredictable as ever. We can either continuously accept and adapt to whatever is thrown at us, or just be left behind. Don’t expect life rafts.