Sick of the beige and boring SmartThings app? Well, Samsung gives SmartThings a bright, fresh coat of paint. The company is also reorganizing device controls within SmartThings, which should reduce friction while navigating the app or programming home automation.
Instead of organizing all your devices by room, SmartThings now divides all your controls into a handful of categories:
- Favorites: The new SmartThings home screen previews your most used devices, scenes, and services for quick access.
- devices: One control panel for all your devices.
- Life: A portal for new SmartThings services and enhanced SmartThings features. It includes things like SmartThings Cooking, which Samsung calls “a one-stop shop that creates seamless kitchen and meal preparation experiences.”
- Automations: A dedicated page to connect devices for home automation (such as turning on smart lights when your door is unlocked).
- Menu: Here you will find Settings, History, Notifications, SmartThings Labs and other additional features.
For many, and especially those new to smart homes, the redesign of SmartThings should make smart home control and automation much more intuitive. Of course, Samsung hasn’t announced any other changes in the update, so we don’t know if any features were removed or changed.
Samsung is currently rolling out the SmartThings update for Android devices, with the iOS rollout coming “shortly after.” It’s worth pointing out, of course, that Samsung no longer makes smart home hardware and now relies on other companies to make SmartThings devices.