Samsung didn’t take long to make use of its newly-acquired SmartThings IoT platform: SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson announced Wednesday morning during the Samsung Developer Conference keynote that all of Samsung’s connected appliances will integrate with SmartThings going forward. This means that SmartThings users can now control Samsung’s connected washing machines and fridges together with Sonos loudspeakers, the Nest thermostat and connected lightbulbs from a wide variety of manufacturers. Hawkinson said that developers have thus far built more than 11,000 smart apps for the SmartThings platform, and that the platform supports more than 7400 device types altogether. (This post was updated at 10:56am to clarify that not all Samsung appliances are integrated just yet.)
The industrial internet will use cellular. For real! That’s the take from this week’s podcast guest, who joins us after Kevin Tofel and I digest the SmartThings buy, Best Buy’s hub offering and more.
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