Samsung CEO pledges the Internet of Things will be open, backs it with cash

6 January 2015 by Steve Blum
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“As president of Samsung I am making a promise: our IoT components and devices will be open”, declared BK Yoon, CEO and president of Samsung Electronics. “The Internet of Things needs an open ecosystem”.

He was speaking to a packed keynote audience at CES tonight. The head of the planet’s dominant consumer electronics company remarks put him squarely on the side of open standards and freedom of access on the Internet.

Samsung will need easy and open access if it’s going to meet the goals Yoon laid out tonight: by 2017, 90% of Samsung Electronics – and all of its phones and televisions – will be IoT enabled, and within 5 years all products, across all lines, will be.… More

Samsung CEO puts company's weight behind open IoT standards

5 January 2015 by Steve Blum
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The Internet of Things is the most important development in front of the consumer electronics industry right now, BK Yoon, president and CEO, said in the opening to his CES keynote address tonight. It’s not something that’s coming in the future, he said, “I would argue that the age of the Internet of Things has already started”.

He called for open IoT standards, promised that Samsung’s products would comply and said by 2017 90% of the company’s products – and 100% within 5 years would be IoT capable.


Samsung makes stuff, and now stuff to connect its stuff

21 August 2014 by Steve Blum
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Another thing for the Internet of things.

Samsung has decided to take a different home automation route than Apple or Google. The announcement this week that it is acquiring SmartThings gives a hint that the Korean consumer electronic giant is looking, first and foremost, at creating an automation platform for its own vast array of products, rather than a web service business built around its smart phones. It might eventually do that too, but the decision to go with SmartThings, which relies on an in-home hub, shows a definite hardware-centric attitude.… More