Samsung and Google partnered to bring Matter multi-admin feature to SmartThings and Google Home
At Samsung Developer Conference 2022, Samsung announced an extended partnership with Google to bring Matter’s multi-admin capabilities and offer greater flexibility between smart home ecosystems and convenience for new and existing Samsung and Google users.
According to the information, this collaboration will make it easier for Samsung SmartThings and Google Home customers to add Matter-enabled devices to their Galaxy phones or tablets and control them from both apps.
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Samsung says smart homeowners have experienced challenges in using their devices across multiple ecosystems so far. They had to remember which apps and interfaces they could control or automate a particular device.
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Meanwhile, the new Matter standard’s multi-admin capabilities will provide the foundation for connecting devices directly to multiple apps and ecosystems, thereby, giving consumers more flexibility and choices.
Both companies are building on multi-admin for users to let them seamlessly find, choose to connect, and control Matter-enabled devices through SmartThings or Google Home apps on Android.
Furthermore, once a user will open the SmartThings app, the application will make them aware of Matter devices that are set up with Google Home as well as will give a choice to easily onboard those devices to SmartThings, and vice-versa.
No matter if you want to control your smart home on your SmartThings app or a Google Nest Hub, the devices will always be there. You will not have to manually add each of your devices one at a time or worry about which ecosystem their device was set up on first.
Jaeyeon Jung, Corporate Vice President and Head of SmartThings, said, “As the largest Android developer, Samsung values its strong partnership with Google. Providing users with greater flexibility through this new multi-admin feature is a natural progression in our evolution as partners, allowing us to better support our massive existing and potential user base with both Samsung and Google products.”
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iOS 17 Contact Posters is smart One UI Call Backgrounds clone
On June 5, Apple unveiled the iOS 17 software for iPhone models. As always, Apple has taken inspiration from Android and One UI to fuel new features into the next iOS iteration. Among the new entries, iOS 17 Contact Posters was spotted as a smartly cloned One UI Call Backgrounds feature.
One UI has always been inspirational for Google and Apple when it comes to innovative and useful features. Apple’s new iOS 17 comes with a Contact Posters feature, which is absolutely inspired by the Galaxy smartphone’s Call Backgrounds feature powered by One UI.
Using it, Galaxy users assign different images to stored contacts. The intelligent feature then showcases the assigned image when the specific caller makes a phone call. Similarly, Apple’s new software brings the caller background feature, featuring dynamic fonts, which makes it better at first sight.
As showcased at the WWDC23, iOS 17 Contact Posters will allow iPhone users to assign contacts an image or a sticker with additional font options. It is also possible to change the alignment of the caller name so the image doesn’t get a textual overlay. Contact Posters will also be available for third-party calling apps.
Apple says that the Phone app is central to the iPhone experience, and it receives a big update with personalized Contact Posters, providing a new way for users to express themselves. As iOS 17 is currently live on the Developer Preview channel, the stable update will release later this year.
Samsung launches Galaxy F54 in India with 4 OS updates, 108MP camera
Samsung’s new Galaxy F54 5G smartphone just went official in India. Compared to the Galaxy A54, it has some advantages at affordable pricing, which became possible because of ditching some premium features. For a limited period, the device can be grabbed through Samsung and Flipkart at just INR 27,999.
The new Galaxy F54 5G brings a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ display with Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by Exynos 1380 processor, which is paired with 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage along with the facility to expand storage using a memory card.
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Out of the box, this device runs Android 13-based One UI 5.1 and features major updates up to Android 17 as well as regular security patches for five years. It makes the Galaxy F54 the latest entry to Samsung’s chart of devices having unbeatable software support.
In terms of optics, the Galaxy F54 is equipped with a 108-megapixel primary camera with OIS and 4k video recording at 30fps. Besides, there’s an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera and a 2-megapixel macro sensor for stunning close-ups.
Similar to the A54, it uses a 32-megapixel selfie camera, which supports 4k video at 30fps. Apart from this, the device offers select flagship-grade features at affordable pricing such as Astrophoto, Fun Mode, Nightography, and Single Take.
Galaxy F54 is available in two color options Meteor Blue and Stardust Silver and is available for pre-order in India. The battery capacity is a 6,000mAh battery, which can be charged through a 25W fast charger, however, you need to purchase the adapter separately.
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Samsung launches Windows-powered Kiosk in South Korea
Samsung officially launched Samsung Kiosk, a smart ordering solution equipped with the Windows OS in South Korea. This is an all-in-one product capable of handling everything from product selection to ordering and payment and is used in restaurants, cafes, pharmacies, convenience stores, and marts.
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The new Samsung Kiosk is based on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and features a 24-inch touch display, 11th generation Intel Core processor boasting powerful performance and stability, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD storage. Besides, the CPU can be selected by the specification.
Moreover, this futuristic solution provides all the essential functions of a kiosk for content management and payment without a separate PC such as a Card reader, receipt printer, QR /barcode scanner, NFC (Near Field Communication), and Wi-Fi support.
It comes in three types: table type, stand type, and wall-mounted type, so it can be used in various store environments. In Korea, 1,000 new Samsung Kiosks will be supplied to Yanolja Cloud, which leads global travel solution technology innovation globally.
“Samsung kiosk has been supplied to more than 60 partners in 35 countries around the world and continues to expand its presence in the global market,” said Vice President Jung Hoon of Samsung Electronics Visual Display Business Department.
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