This year at CES, Samsung debuts products and devices that focused more on what it calls the “Intelligence of Things” – everything with smarts.
While it has also attempted to create an ecosystem on the scale similar to that of Apple (iOS, Mac, Apple TV, Apple Watch) and Alexa (with its Alexa digital assistant), observers note that it still have to make this bid work.
So to differentiate itself from its closest rivals, at CES this year, the Korean company is pushing to streamline its software and services, in order to let people use their devices more easily and conveniently while sticking with Samsung products.
Remember Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant that make its first appearance in last year’s Galaxy S8? Well, Bixby will this year pop up in the tech giant’s television and some home appliances!
So that’s just some great news from Samsung, and here are what else it announced at this year’s CES:
- The Wall. This is Samsung’s modular TV model that lets you configure your TV into whatever size you want. The 146-inch version was unveiled at CES.
- Then there’s Bixby that is now integrated in Samsung’s 2018 TV to let you search for TV shows and movies, ask for weather report, turn on the lights, play a song from Spotify, show photos from the cloud and even play trivia.
- Samsung is upping up the ante in TV display by showcasing its still unnamed TV that will feature QLED technology to compete with OLED, its own innovation that Samsung uses in its mobile devices but not its TVs.
- Its first 85-inch 8K TV with A.I. – the Q9S TV, which Samsung promises to make 4K content look better on the screen.
- It also arrived with its own version of a digital whiteboard named simply as Samsung Flip digital chart. It can be positioned vertically or horizontally.
Software and Services
- SmartThings cloud will start working for all Samsung devices, as well as smart products that already work with SmartThing, when it arrives in Spring. It also integrates with Harman’s Ignite cloud that’s used in connected cars.
- Samsung’s SmartThings app will start letting the television serve as the hub to control SmartThings smart home devices, from lights to thermostats to security cameras.
- SmartThings will also come to the Gear S3 this year to let you control your lights and other smart devices from your wrists.
- 90% of Samsung’s devices are already internet-connected. By 2020, all will be. By that year, all will have the smarts from Bixby.
- The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin, a 360-degree clamshell-to-tablet convertible laptop.
- The Notebook 9 Spin combines Samsung’s 15-inch Notebook 9 and Notebook 9 Pro laptops into a pen-enabled 13.3-inch convertible.
- WW6850N washing machine comes with QuickDrive tech that aims to clean laundry up to 35 percent faster.
- Updated Family Hub Refrigerator now supports SmartThings, improved Bixby voice capabilities, and newly-refined AKG Premium Quality Sound Speakers in the doors.
- The NW700, a slimline 3.1-channel sound bar.
- The VL5 wireless speaker that will allow users to alter the volume via a magnetic puck.
- The Exynos 9810 processor that likely will debut in the Galaxy S9.
- Various new devices from Samsung’s C-Lab, which gives employees several months to experiment and create new products of their own.