SmartThings integrated Tuesday with Google Home as one of the anchor launch partners. Google Home is a new voice activated speaker, designed for hands-free help from the Google Assistant to get answers from Google, stream music, manage everyday tasks, and control smart home products. With this integration, SmartThings is furthering its commitment to voice control so consumers can interact with devices in even more ways as they build a smart home that’s more secure, efficient, and delightful.
SmartThings is also now integrated with Weave Cloud Platform. Weave is Google’s communications platform for IoT that enables device setup, phone-to-device-to-cloud communication, and user interaction from mobile devices and the web. As an open platform, SmartThings will continue to support Zigbee, Z-wave, WiFi and local internet connected devices.
SmartThings is the brain of behind smart home, connecting wirelessly with a range of smart devices and making them work together. SmartThings works with devices from more than 35 partners, including Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
SmartThings gives people freedom of choice in the connected devices and services they use in their homes. With an open platform and a thriving ecosystem of partners, SmartThings creates infinite possibilities for people to add a little smartness to their things. SmartThings is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and operates independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.
At launch, Google Home can control a variety of Works with SmartThings lighting and thermostat products from leading brands like Philips, Osram, Leviton, Honeywell and Ecobee. Users can simply say “Ok Google” to seamlessly turn on lights, change light color, or adjust thermostats.
With Google Assistant and its artificial intelligence, Google Home does not restrict customers to speak commands in a specific manner and encourages users to have a more natural, conversational interaction with their smart home.
With the free SmartThings app, users can receive important notifications about what’s happening at home, control smart devices with a simple tap, and automate the home to react to their unique preferences. As customer needs change, they can customize SmartThings to work in new and different ways by using the app. By setting rules for what the smart devices can do when the user is asleep, awake, gone, or back home, and SmartThings will do the rest.
The SmartThings app offers a complete home monitoring and security solution that allows customers to get instant alerts if there’s unwanted entry, smoke, leaks, or other unexpected activity. By adding a compatible camera, customers can also get accompanying video clips that capture footage of these events.
“Artificial intelligence has enabled more sophisticated voice control, and consumers now desire to interact with devices in a more natural and conversational way that fits seamlessly into their everyday lives,” said Alex Hawkinson, CEO and Founder of SmartThings. “At SmartThings, we’re committed to bringing voice control to the smart home and partnering with the most innovative products like Google Home so consumers can integrate with all of their favorite brands as we continue to expand our open ecosystem.”