Samsung Electronics Announces Expanded Partnership with Google to Elevate Smart Home Experiences
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced an expanded partnership with Google to take smart home interoperability to the next level. In the coming months, Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet users will be able to easily incorporate Matter-enabled devices into the SmartThings and Google Home ecosystems.
Until now, smart home owners have faced challenges using their devices in multiple ecosystems. Connecting devices across ecosystems often involved many steps through multiple apps to link accounts, which didn’t always work both ways. This meant that users had to remember which apps and interfaces could control or automate a particular device. The Matter standard’s multi-management capabilities provide the foundation for connecting devices directly to multiple applications and ecosystems, giving consumers more flexibility and choice. Samsung and Google are building on multi-management, allowing users to seamlessly find, choose to connect and control Matter-enabled devices through the SmartThings or Google Home apps on Android.
When users log in to the SmartThings app, they will be informed of Matter devices that have been set up with Google Home and given the option to easily onboard those devices to SmartThings, and vice versa. Now, whether users want to control their smart home on their SmartThings app or Google Nest Hub, the devices will always be there. Users won’t have to manually add each of their devices one at a time or worry about which ecosystem their device was first set up in.
“As the largest Android developer, Samsung values its strong partnership with Google. Giving users greater flexibility through this new multi-management feature is a natural progression in our evolution as a partner, allowing us to better support our huge existing and potential user base with Samsung and Google products. said Jaeyeon Jung, Corporate Vice President and Head of SmartThings, Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “Both SmartThings and Google are committed to user choice and give consumers the power to control their own devices. This collaboration furthers that commitment by enhancing the user experience and promoting transparency across ecosystems.”
“With the launch of Matter, we understand there will be new expectations when it comes to smart home connectivity. We are proud to partner with Samsung Electronics to give new and existing smart home users a first look at what the future of smart homes looks like and the ease of use that comes with it,” said Matthew McCullough, Vice President of Product Management, Google Android Developer.
Samsung and Google’s Matter multi-management feature will roll out in the coming weeks.