Samsung and Google integrate SmartThings and Nest

  • December 21, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Smart home automation company Samsung has announced a partnership with Google to bring its Nest products into the South Korean firm’s SmartThings IoT ecosystems.

Through the integration, Google Nest devices, including thermostats, cameras and doorbells, will be Works With SmartThings (WWST) certified, allowing users to control their smart homes seamlessly through SmartThings.

For the first time, SmartThings users will be able to adjust a Nest thermostat, view live camera feeds from outdoor Nest cameras and hear who is at the door with Nest Hello, all through their smart devices. SmartThings users can also incorporate Nest devices into their current WWST-certified devices to create scenes and automated experiences, controlling the functions with simple voice commands or through the SmartThings app.

Soon, users will be able to stream right from their Nest devices directly to their Samsung TV or Family Hub fridge.

SmartThings technology powers various possibilities. For example, scenes can seamlessly adjust the lighting. Automations can signal to a Nest thermostat when it’s time to adjust the temperature or if a window is open. It can set the optimal temperature for a baby’s nap or even a home-alone pet, taking into consideration details such as its fur length. Users can also activate outdoor and indoor lights ahead of arriving home.

“SmartThings technology continues to enhance and improve the way we experience smart living,” said Ralf Elias, global vice president at Samsung Electronics. “We’re pleased to further strengthen our partnership with Google and integrate Nest into our portfolio to offer users more ways to control and automate their home. We are committed to creating a universal system where all smart home devices can work cohesively together.”

Following the recent SmartThings IoT integration with Mercedes-Benz, this partnership with Google represents the next step in SmartThings’ commitment to technology innovation and to working with third parties to create a universal smart home standard. The company says it is focused on simplifying smart technology development for manufacturers and increasing compatibility for consumers.

SmartThings is IoT technology and its open platform brings together devices, developers and services to offer one of the largest integrated ecosystems. With more than 180 certified brands and more than 63 million active users on the platform, it facilitates innovations in connected living across multiple use cases.