Samsung has updated the UI for its smart home app SmartThings, replacing the slightly muted color scheme of the old app — full of grays and earth tones — with a new UI and an overall fresher look. The new interface is launching today on Android, and the iOS version will “follow” at an unknown time in the future, Samsung says.
While the old app’s interface focused on the different rooms users assigned for their smart home gadget, the new layout now focuses on five rooms:
- Favorites – a new home screen, with quick access to users’ most used devices and scenes (scheduled routines, such as for the morning or leaving the house).
- Devices – for a complete list of all connected smart devices.
- Life – to access Samsung’s add-on services such as SmartThings Cooking (which should help you sort shopping lists and recipes into a cohesive life plan).
- Automations – for creating and organizing Samsung’s if-this-then-that automations, such as activating lights based on motion sensors and so on.
- Menu – for everything else, including notifications, settings, and device history.
That’s all the info and images we have from the new SmartThings app for now, but it seems like a sensible update. We’ll have to see in person how it works to get a better idea.
It’s nice to see Samsung pay a little attention to SmartThings for once, but updating the app is about the bare minimum the company can do. Her stopped making original hardware for its smart home platform, outsourcing the work to third parties to create “SmartThings-compatible” devices. The company says it on board with Matter, the new smart home alliance that includes Google, Amazon and Apple, among others, but we haven’t seen any specific details yet on how that will affect current SmartThings owners.
The SmartThings app is also: available for download for Windows PCs, although it doesn’t look like that app is getting an update along with the Android and iOS versions.