Samsung will allow users to control smart devices from third parties

Samsung Electronics has announced the expansion of smart home control capabilities for consumers. The new Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA) integration allows users to control devices from different brands using a single mobile app.

This step was made possible by Samsung Electronics’ cooperation with other HCA members, such as LG Electronics and Vestel. It is based on the HCA 1.0 interface specification, which enables Cloud-to-Cloud (C2C) communication between household appliances and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This allows you to control and save energy throughout your home.

Initially, the feature became available in eight countries, including Korea and the United States, at the end of 2023, and later expanded to other regions.

Benefits for users:

  • Ease of management: Users can control their smart appliances, regardless of manufacturer, with a single mobile app, such as SmartThings, LG’s ThinQ, or Vestel’s VeeZy.
  • Increased energy efficiency: HCA C2C integration allows you to optimize the energy consumption of your appliances, saving money and helping the environment.
  • Expanding the capabilities of the smart home: The new integration lays the groundwork for future smart home innovations, such as managing electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

You may need to update the mobile app to control smart devices using HCA C2C. The HCA 2.0 interface specification, expected in 2024, is expected to add energy management functions and include additional product lines.

This cooperation marks a significant step forward in the development of smart home technologies, making them more accessible and convenient for users.

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