Samsung is all about simplicity when it comes to its 2016 Smart TV range by releasing a new universal remote control with its upgraded Smart Hub user interface.
A lot of modern living rooms are already full to the brim with a plethora of devices that can be connected to the big-screen TV – just think of the games consoles, Blu-ray players, and video-streaming boxes.
Therefore, users always have to figure out their way amidst a myriad of remote controls strewn across the room, but Samsung has found a solution with the Samsung Smart Control.
The single controller will command to everything that will be connected to the Samsung Smart TV. For example, it will immediately detect the set-top boxes you’ve plugged in the HDMI port.
Samsung has yet to reveal if the remote control will be included in the Samsung Smart TV package, or whether it will come with an extra cost. But if the remote will automatically ship with the TV, it could put a minor dent in the revenue of third-party universal remote-manufacturers, such as Logitech.
Just last week, the tech giant announced that its Smart TVs will become fully compatible with the Internet of Things (IoT) with the help of SmartThings. In other words, you will be able to control all the connected devices in your home – including thermostats, light bulbs or toothbrushes.
The news that its TV interface will allow the user to control your connected home was confirmed by Samsung, but the company hadn’t talked specifically about doing that via your remote control.
That is, until today, when the updated news might suggest you will be able to do just that. If the new bit is confirmed, Samsung Smart Control will become a direct competitor for Logitech’s Harmony Remotes.
At the same time, Samsung has announced that its TV software will also benefit from a more unified approach, which will make it easier for users to switch between devices and content services.
Namely, you will be able to search for content across multiple services – set-top boxes, Blu-Ray players, and games consoles – from the helm of a single search box, which should save users the hassle of opening individual apps every time.
For those interested in Samsung’s technology, its new Smart TV products will be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a global tech event that begins on January 6.
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