According to the latest news, Google and Samsung will bring out their smart home platforms together. From January 2021, Samsung’s SmartThings will support Google Nest devices. This will build a bridge between one of the industry’s leading ecosystems for managing smart devices like cameras and thermostats.
Before this, owners of these devices who qualify for the “Works With SmartThings” (WWST) certification had to use separate software to manage Google Nest products. After the integration next month, all Nest products will qualify as WWST devices.
Interestingly, this partnership further bolsters Samsung’s smart home platform, one of the leading hub makers for managing smart home devices.
Back in 2014, Samsung purchased SmartThings at the price of US $ 200 million due to the company’s proficiency at helping smart home products communicate across various protocol standards and dance then, SmartThings has grown to support thousands of products as Samsung has pushed to integrate the platform with virtually every smart home brand on the market.
Samsung revealed that currently, its platform has more than 120 certified brands and more than 63 million active users. Samsung said that its new partnership with Google indicates Nest devices to be incorporated into SmartThings Scenes for setting up automated controls for multiple devices.
The company also said that this integration also means that Samsung TV and its Family Hub fridge will support streaming from Nest cameras.