Android Auto adds Samsung SmartThings to control lights and shutters from the car

Samsung Smart Things joins the rank of compatible apps on Android Auto. Now users can control connected devices at home from their car.

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Good news for Android Auto users. After supporting the wireless connection for Samsung smartphones, the South Korean manufacturer announces the integration of Samsung SmartThings on the Google platform. Samsung has yet to reveal when the app will be available, but the brand has confirmed that Galaxy S21 owners will be able to take advantage of it.

As a reminder, Samsung SmartThings is an application allowing you to connect and control several connected devices with ease, from your smartphone. The app supports a plethora of connected equipment, including televisions, air conditioners, washing machines, cameras, doorbells and thermostats.

Control your house from your car

You will understand, thanks to the integration of Smart Things in Android Auto, you can control your connected objects remotely, sitting comfortably in your car. Notifications sent by the various devices in your home will appear directly on your infotainment system in your vehicle.

As Samsung explains, users will therefore be able “turn on the porch lights or increase the temperature on the thermostat before going home, all from their car ”. In addition, the user interface has been redesigned especially for Android Auto.

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Set up automations to save time

So it will be possible to opt for several automations depending on whether you are leaving or entering the home. The app will take care, for example, of turning the lights on or off, opening or closing the garage door, or activating or not your video surveillance system automatically.

All you have to do is click on the corresponding device, choose the function to activate and / or deactivate, then choose the time of day (departure and arrival at home). As a reminder, the Samsung Smart Things app will also support Galaxy Smart Tags, Samsung’s new Bluetooth trackers.

Presented alongside the Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra this Thursday, January 14, 2021, these small accessories will allow you to find your lost objects thanks to a Bluetooh connection and the use of the UWB (UltraWideBand). This microlocation technology offers exceptional precision. In fact, users will be able to know the exact location of their lost property from the SmartThings application.

Source: Samsung