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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Samsung and SmartThings

In GigaOM: Samsung is in negotiation to buy home automation company SmartThings.   The connection makes lots of sense.  Though as I have mentioned here before, I do hope that the user experience under Samsung is improved.

" ...  Samsung is in talks to purchase SmartThings, the smart home startup that has been trying to make home automation a mainstream option for consumers who aren’t afraid to spend a bit of time programming their devices. According to TechCrunch, Samsung would pay around $200 million with an eye toward getting in front of Google with its Nest acquisition in January. ... "

 Having looked at SmartThings I do recall that their interface was too much about programming, which would make it less than appealing for most.   Also, my own experience with current Samsung devices interacting has been less than perfect. Lots of work to do it seems.

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