Samsung-owned IoT ecosystem SmartThings has released a Windows Phone app, letting Lumia 930 owners control everything from one device.
The app is free to download now from the Windows Phone Store and offers the same functionality as the Android and iOS app – control over air conditioners, monitor energy usage and get notifications when family members and pets get home and go out.
SmartThings is an open smart home system that’s compatible with a wide range of devices including smart locks, thermostats and light switches.
The SmartThings hub is compatible with IoT (Internet of Things) devices that communicate using both the Zigbee and Z-Wave protocols and the platform is compatible with IFTTT (If This Then That).
Samsung acquired SmartThings earlier in the year but SmartThings will remain open and separate from Samsung’s own SmartHome ecosystem.
Dr. Wonpyo Hong, President, Media Solutions Center said that Samsung “plans to build a truly open smart home ecosystem by actively incorporating a variety of services and platforms in the cloud, as well as by opening Samsung’s platform to developers.”
Samsung acquired SmartThings in August following the announcement of it’s own SmartHome system.
While it’s expected that SmartHome is very much Samsung’s answer to Apple HomeKit, details on what it will actually do are scarce right now. The company will showcase some of Smart Home’s best bits at its developer conference in San Francisco, which kicks off on November 11.
Windows Phone owners have until recently been left out in the cold when it comes to smart home support, with only Heatmiser coming to their rescue. At the recent launch event for their new smart heating kit, Tado said that it was working on a Windows Phone app, but no launch date has been announced yet.
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