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Samsung at CES: the SmartThings cloud will arrive this spring


Samsung CEO HS Kim announces that his SmartThings cloud service will arrive this spring.

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This spring's forecast will be cloudy for Samsung.

The Korean tech giant said at CES on Monday that its SmartThings Cloud service will be available this spring, but did not offer a specific time frame.

The SmartThings cloud would allow people to control their Internet devices of things from a single application, instead of having one for each device. Think about being able to control your smart TV, your washing machine and block everything from a single center. It will work with Samsung products, as well as with connected cars that run on the Ignite cloud from Harman and other products that work with SmartThings.

Samsung announced the Cloud SmartThings in October as it continues its expansion beyond telephones to pushing TVs and connected devices .

The company has promised that all its products will be connected to the Internet by 2020 . Today, 90 percent of its televisions, appliances, smartphones and tablets are connected to the Internet, the company said. He also said Monday that all of his devices will be intelligent through Bixby by 2020.

"We take Bixby to the next level of intelligence to discover what he needs before he has to ask", Samsung co-CEO, HS Kim said. Bixby is the voice assistant of the company that launched the Galaxy S8 last year.

Samsung announced the news at the company's press conference on Monday at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, with Kim noting how annoying it is to set up new devices. He said that the "world of connected devices is still fragmented and complex" due to the amount of IoT gadgets that exist. The company sells half a million connected devices a year, Samsung's president for North America, Tim Baxter, said on stage.

To facilitate access of all devices to homes, SmartThings Cloud creates a single point of control for everything, said Samsung.

"SmartThings will be your remote control for your connected devices," Kim said.

Shara Tibken of CNET contributed to this report.

Published for the first time on January 8 at 2:37 p.m. PT.
Update at 3:40 p.m. PT: Add information about Bixby.

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