[Samsung Smart Screen Experiences] ② Manage Your Home Like Never Before on 2022 Samsung Screen With an Intuitive Home IoT HubBy STF News
In this second article, we’re exploring how SmartThings has been enhanced to become a built-in feature of your Samsung Smart TV and Smart Monitor,1 so read on to learn more about how the 2022 lineup lets you take total control of your devices and your smart home — right from your sofa.
SmartThings, Opening Up an Era of the Smart Home Previously Only Dreamed of
As the devices we use at home have become more diverse, so, too, have the methods necessary to connect them. From Cloud to Cloud (C2C) connectivity, wireless (WiFi) connections and the Zigbee method, a variety of different systems available for us to control our homes with have emerged — a diversity that resulted in it taking a while for Internet-of-Things (IoT) to be cohesively applied within the home.
Previously, you would need a separate device, or hub, to act as a connecting bridge for these devices, ultimately impacting accessibility. Therefore, in order to help mitigate this inconvenience, Samsung, for the very first time in 2022, has integrated a built-in SmartThings Hub directly into the 2022 screen lineup, providing reduced latency and total control for more immediate smart home control experiences.
The Samsung Home IoT Hub — your SmartThings hub — is now built directly into your TV or Smart monitor, making it possible to easily connect, monitor and control all the connected devices in your house, all without a separate hub device.2 This advancement is the first step towards Samsung’s fully-realized home IoT ecosystem.3
This innovative SmartThings Hub is not only compatible with hundreds of millions of devices, but has also been further expanded thanks to the introduction of an all-new interoperability standard. As the premier technology enabling connected living and driving the future of IoT, SmartThings recently announced the addition of a new smart home interoperability standard named Matter,4 which has been developed by Apple, Google, Amazon and others and allows for users to control Matter-enabled devices using their Samsung products.
With these innovative advancements in your SmartThings home control system, you are set to enjoy the utmost convenience with your 2022 screen — like never before.
Anywhere, Anytime and as You Wish With the 2022 SmartThings Hub
Thanks to the fully-integrated SmartThings Hub, your 2022 screen is a central hub from which you can conveniently control the smart devices you have around your home.
To make the smart home experience more enhanced than ever before, Samsung made sure to develop SmartThings Hub to be the most streamlined platform it could be for ultimate user convenience. Along with the greater screen real estate available on your 2022 screen for monitoring, making the process easier on the eyes, SmartThings Hub features an intuitive Map View interface that not only shows all your devices and their current status, but also where they are located in your home.
1. Map View: Locate IoT Devices in Your Home at a Glance
When you launch your TV or smart monitor for the first time, ‘rooms’ can be created automatically for you based on the location of your connected devices through SmartThings, and this will be displayed on-screen for you in Map View. If you want to further customize the layout of your devices, you can use your remote control to change the location of the device within the interface to match your actual room layout, and if you have the SmartThings mobile app, you can easily add rooms or change its location using Touch & Drag. You can even change room shapes to be polygons, if desired.
Say you’re settling down to relax in the living room with a good film after a long day, but suddenly realize you’re not sure if the lights are on or off in the garage, simply pull up SmartThings Hub’s Map View on your smart TV or monitor. Now, you can check and manage the status of your smart devices and then click back into your film for a truly hassle-free end to your night.
2. Voice Control: Manage All Your Devices With a Single Word
As well as streamlining the smart home management experiences that SmartThings brings to users, you can also enjoy smart experiences that may have previously seemed impossible with SmartThings on your 2022 Samsung screen.
For example, the always-on Voice Control capability provides you with next-level connectivity and control over your devices, no matter what you are doing and whether your screen is on or off. Thanks to Bixby, Samsung’s AI voice assistant, you can verbally switch your lights on or off or control a connected device, even while in the middle of a movie, just by saying ‘Hi Bixby’ to your screen.
3. Smart Doorbell: Check Out the Front Doorstep While Watching TV
Furthermore, the Smart Doorbell feature lets your smart home control radius expand as far as your front doorstep. Even if content is playing on your 2022 Samsung screen, a notification will appear on-screen when someone rings your doorbell, allowing you to see right through to who is waiting at the front door and even talk to them directly from your screen.5
With such convenience-first capabilities, the future of the truly connected smart home, something that Samsung has been working diligently towards, is getting closer and closer each day.
The Hub of Smart Home Life: Your 2022 Smart Screen
Although smart homes have been around for quite some time, the process of building a smart home ecosystem that allows all kinds of IoT devices to interoperate is still underway. Samsung intends to develop a smart home that is optimized for your in-home activities and that lets anyone easily build their own connected home, making it easy to harness the power of IoT for device control anywhere in the house — using just your screen.
The first step of this next-generation smart home ecosystem has been taken with the 2022 Samsung screen lineup. With your Neo QLED 8K or Smart Monitor M8, you can now enjoy easy and convenient control of all your smart home devices directly on-screen thanks to the all-new SmartThings Hub. Take a look at the video below to learn more.
Be sure to stay tuned for the final article in this series where we will be diving into even more smart features offered by the 2022 screen lineup, including those capabilities that let you manage your aesthetic and even your workouts more intelligently — directly from your screen.
1 Models that support the SmartThings Hub include: QN900B/QN800B/QN700B/QN95B/S95B/QN90B/QN85B/Q80B/Q70B/Q60B/BU8/The Serif/The Frame/The Sero/Smart Monitor(M50B and above), released in 2022.
2 Make sure to log in to the same Samsung account on your TV or monitor and your mobile SmartThings app.
3 To use products with Zigbee protocol, you must purchase a SmartThings Dongle (VG-STDB10A) separately.
4 Samsung also joined over 200 global companies in support of MATTER, a new standard for simplifying smart homes.
5 Ring Doorbell is currently the only solution supporting the 2-way talk function. It is set to be available on more solutions soon.
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The era of dull and lifeless desks, with black monitors and unsightly wires, is officially over. As people spend more time at home, they are more eager to personalize their home office. To provide users with a range of customization options to fit any lifestyle, Samsung Electronics has added four new colors to the Smart Monitor M8 lineup that liven up any space.
The four colors — Warm White, Sunset Pink, Daylight Blue and Spring Green — were inspired by the theme, ‘Shades of Nature.’ These soft pastel colors can boost your mood at home, whether you want to feel calm and comfortable or fully energized.
Do you want to transform your boring desk into one with playful colors and innovative features? Samsung suggests using one of the Smart Monitor M8’s four colors to create a personalized ‘deskterior,’ a portmanteau of ‘desk’ and ‘interior.’ Read on to discover how this colorful upgrade can refresh your desk space in style.
Invigorate Your Home Office With Spring Green
After a long day of remote work, you can add some life back to your eyes with the Smart Monitor M8 in Spring Green. By picking up some office supplies in different shades of pastel green, you can turn your space into a playful and botanical-inspired sanctuary.
The Smart Monitor M8 handles all of your necessary tasks without needing a separate PC or laptop, allowing you to create a neat and clean deskterior. The Smart Monitor M8 allows you to search the Internet, check email and access Microsoft 3651 simply by connecting to Wi-Fi. Conveniently, you can continue your work by logging into your account and uploading files directly to the cloud. The most notable advantage of the Smart Monitor M8 is that you can access your work desktop remotely and remain as agile and productive as you were in the office.
Video conferencing while working from home is now a breeze, as the Smart Monitor M8 comes with a SlimFit Cam which can be conveniently attached or detached from the monitor at any time. Additionally, Eye Saver Mode reduces blue light, the main culprit of eye fatigue, and Flicker Free ensures a comfortable viewing experience by lessening screen flickering. Not only does the design and color of the Smart Monitor M8 minimize eye strain, but also the display itself helps protect your vision and improve work efficiency.
Enjoy Your Hobbies to the Fullest With Daylight Blue
With the Smart Monitor M8, you can decorate a space dedicated to your favorite hobbies, accompanied by the color of Daylight Blue. Enhance your room with travel souvenirs, trinkets or celebrity merchandise in complementary shades of blue to create the ultimate deskterior that expresses your unique personality.
The Smart Monitor M8’s next-level connectivity with your mobile device can help you watch your favorite content on a bigger screen. Simply connect your smartphone to the Smart Monitor by using Tap View or Screen Mirroring. With a single click, you can be transported instantly to another country or your favorite singer’s concert, all thanks to the monitor’s large screen and rich picture quality. Samsung DeX also enables multitasking and transforms your smartphone into a touchpad. Using two screens at once, you can take an online drawing class or watch videos of your favorite music group on a larger display while still using your phone as a phone.
The Smart Monitor series also boasts Apple AirPlay2 integration, which allows users to easily view movies, music and photos saved on their smartphones or laptops on the big screen.
Relax in Your Home Cinema With Warm White
After a busy day, one of the best ways to recharge and unwind is by streaming your favorite movies in a home cinema. For a cozy atmosphere, you can pair your monitor’s Warm White color with wood accents to warm up your space and keep you feeling comfortable.
The Smart Monitor M8’s flat-back design with 11.4mm of thickness uses your space more effectively and maintains a minimalistic, café-like aesthetic — so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a sweet treat while binging your favorite shows.
You can build your perfect home cinema using only the Smart Monitor M8, as it provides a wide range of OTT services2 such as Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Samsung TV Plus on a large screen. There’s also no need for a keyboard or mouse while watching a movie — the Samsung Smart Monitor’s remote control allows you to use the up, down, left and right buttons on the remote to control the mouse cursor from your sofa or bed.
Other features that make the viewing experience even more satisfying include the device’s UHD resolution, HDR10+ support, 2.2CH stereo speakers and Adaptive Sound+, which automatically analyzes the monitor’s surroundings to optimize its sound quality. Are you worried about your posture while watching TV? The Smart Monitor M8 includes a height adjustable stand (HAS) and tilt functionality, allowing users to find the perfect position for binge-watching.
Celebrate Spring With Sunset Pink
For fans of flowers, the Smart Monitor M8 in Sunset Pink instantly transports you to a cherry blossom festival in full bloom. Adding a white vase of beautiful flowers to your desk creates a bright and optimistic atmosphere perfect for any home.
If you’re inspired by the floral scent and craving a song for the spring season, the Smart Monitor M8 is a perfect solution. Even if your monitor is turned off, you can still play a perfect song for spring by talking to Bixby. The Smart Monitor M8’s built-in microphone lets you manage your device with just your voice, so you can focus on your hobbies, like writing or drawing, instead of using a keyboard or mouse.
The Samsung Smart Monitor M8 complements your daily life and personal style to make your space more colorful. Regardless of your daily routine, you can use the Smart Monitor M8’s expanded color options to customize your space and express your individuality. From hobbies to home cinema, the Smart Monitor M8 can transform your boring desk into a vibrant deskterior, perfecting for adding a splash of color to any space.
1 Microsoft 365 account is required
2 Service availability may vary by region.
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Background: bought a MU6300 (UN50MU6300F) 49.5" UHD model for $50 locally, with the listing stating that the price was due to networking not working anymore. Seller stated repair shop quoted ~$200 for repair (a techie diagnosed the issue over the phone based on the model, and gave a quote - seller does not recall exactly what that was). Having zero issues with just using an HDMI cable for a price like that, I bought it. Also, seller stated he could use Chromecast after issues started.
Sillily, I missed, or maybe didn't make enough of, the note tucked away saying "only on off buttons seem to work."
Basic non-smart TV functionality appears to be sans issue, but Smart aspects have rendered it frustratingly unusable.
Networking (wired/wireless) is kaput. The Tizen interface is all but broken, and while my laptop identifies (correctly) an HDMI connection, the TV does not. Inputs are specifically broken in following ways--
[Remote model: https://www.amazon.com/OMAIC-Universal-Control-Samsung-HDTV-One/dp/B08FQTYZ52/ref=pd_lpo_2?pd_rd_i=B08FQTYZ52&psc=1. The seller also had this model as a unused backup but it refuses to pair to TV: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN50MU6300F-UN50MU6300FXZA-UN55MU6300F-UN55MU6300FXZA/dp/B07FS33P6X]
Note - all inputs are received by TV sensor, per its blinking (though remote is old so can be laggy etc.). Non-latent input achieved via USB keyboard)
Power button. Needs long press to power on. Also for power off, except that for that it restarts the TV. Home button press for ~10s was powering off into standby several times earlier, but seems no longer (possibly due to keyboard being plugged in?) Volume and channels up/down/press (accessibility menu comes up on vol press, but activating voice guide and attempting to press "learn menu" does nothing - up down on the middle pad is laggy/misses inputs despite reception by TV sensor, especially the 'select' middle button on the pad). Directional middle-pad and select button Back button. Switches between Plus Live TV and a no signal (or a not connected screen, which appeared with USB keyboard in use). Pictures of accessible screens (in their 'process flow') are below, with a bolded annotation.
#1 Connection Error. TV is in Plus Live TV (app?). Cannot press 'OK' though select button is working. No inputs work on this screen work except for back button, bringing me to screen in next pic, and the other buttons above)
#2: Live TV screen. Only the back button, which brings me to screen #3, and the above-noted buttons (that're useless on this screen) work here
#3 No Signal/Select Source. Selection of SOURCE icon is registered, gets 'pressed down' on screen and plays a noise, but nothing happens, even with HDMI connected (I tried 2 functioning cables on both non-ARC ports). Pressing back brings me to #2. Reboot is needed to get Screen #1.
#4 - like #3, but from pressing Esc on keyboard. Not sure why the difference.
I've looked into ways to access service menu from standby mode, but all instructions found are inapplicable to my case. I've also looked for external (ie USB) factory resets/reinstalls of the OS--no luck. If anyone knows anything about anything about especially either of those two things, I would be suuuper appreciative!
I've been scouring the internet for solutions / troubleshooting for 5-6 hours now. No luck. And all the bloody level 1 service desk questions take up an inordinate amount of search results space. I will stop here, but likely will add a few more scraps of info tonight, as they come to mind.
Note - I also posted this in Samsung Comm forums and AVForums, for viz--links arebelow, FYR. I will be sure update this post ASAP if any resolution from either.
EDIT #1 - Forgot to add that the single-button TV controller is functional, but is not very useful (I haven't fully tested the functionality once I found the mapping of each of the input options, but I assume from earlier testing that it's bunk)
Q: if Chromecast works, that means external device source via USB is working. If any of you think a 4k HDMI-to-USB adapter would work, how certain are you? USB-A ones are min $50, while USB-C ones are like 13$ --' ... . Note that I have to use a USB-C hub to connect HDMI to my laptop.
I just want to get my gaht danmn computer screen displaying on the TV screen. I could give a sh*t if nothing else works (well, save for sound, but that's workaroundable). If Chromecast works, any thoughts on other alternatives for PC screen displaying? I would much prefer not to be limited to Chromecast functionality. Tangential note: Seems a WIFI adapter needs to be a LAN wireless one, specifically Samsung brand (the baestrds)--there are like 2 on Amazon that seem outdated and're like 150 or 200$. I saw something from 2012 about how to change PID/VID serials, but pffft what're the chances that'll solve the networking, if ethernet don't work.
Last fall, Apple launched its Self Service Repair program in response to increased pressure from the right-to-repair movement. Five months later, Samsung announced its own self-repair program that might soon let you repair Galaxy phones yourself at home.
It’s not surprising to see Samsung follow closely in Apple’s footsteps. It’s something Samsung has been doing for years for big mobile-related decisions. Unlike Apple, Samsung will be working with the experts at iFixit to help Galaxy device owners repair their handsets.
Don't Miss: Friday’s deals: $199 Roomba, $450 65-inch Roku TV, Arlo cameras, $50 air fryer, more The good news is that Samsung is ready to support the right-to-repair movement in time for the Galaxy S22 series. I’m not saying that your Galaxy S22 will definitely need repairs. But if you’ve seen any drop tests, you know the odds are against you. The front and back glass are surprisingly fragile and might suffer unfortunate accidents that will necessitate repairs.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy S22 phones aren’t part of the first batch of Galaxy devices that Samsung’s new program will support.
Galaxy S21 on a table. Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR Can a Samsung phone be repaired?
Most phones can be repaired, whether they’re Samsung Galaxy devices or iPhones. It’s not just the display that can break. Internal components might fail. The battery might need a replacement. These sound like simple repairs and Samsung’s new product will target these sort of do-it-yourself fixes.
Samsung explained that it will support repairs for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 this summer. Joining those phones is the Galaxy Tab S7+ tablet.
The company will provide access to genuine parts, repair tools, and “intuitive, visual, step-by-step repair guides.” iFixit should help with the latter, which is what you want to hear if you plan to repair your Samsung phones.
It’s unclear when the Galaxy S22 series will follow, but you’ll likely be able to repair the handset yourself in the future.
Initially, Samsung will let you replace display assemblies, the back glass, and the charging ports. The company will also let customers return the faulty parts for proper recycling.
You won’t be able to do anything about software issues, however. Like the Galaxy S22 throttling or GPS problems.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus color options. Image source: Samsung Maybe you shouldn’t repair the Galaxy S22 yourself
Just because you might be able to repair the Galaxy S22 at home using genuine parts doesn’t mean you should. It might look easy in some of those teardown videos. But those people are professionals who know what they’re doing. It’s not their first time disassembling a phone that cost $1,000 or more.
If your Galaxy phone breaks and needs repairs, you might want to look for help from trained professionals who can get the job done quicker and safer. In addition to announcing its own self-repair program, Samsung also reminded users that they have several service options available.
The company says it operates a far-reaching same-day repair service covering 80% of the US population. More than 2,000 locations are available to Galaxy device owners for repairs. Also, Samsung runs more than 550 “We Come To You Vans” that offer in-person service within a 30-60 minute drive. Repairs using that service take about two hours.
Samsung can also ship an empty box to your home so you can send a Galaxy phone to be repaired. One other way to fix a broken Galaxy S22 or older device is to find an Independent Service Provider in your area. These are certified technicians who work with genuine Samsung parts.
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It’s no surprise that many of us spend more time these days working, studying and relaxing at home. But what if there was a way to make that time more comfortable, meaningful and efficient?
In line with the new era of home life that we’re experiencing today, Samsung Electronics has launched the 2022 Smart Monitor M8 — an all-in-one screen that combines key advantages of both a monitor and a smart TV. Allowing users to work and study even without a PC, and enjoy OTT services without a TV, the Smart Monitor M8 has emerged as a must-have item for the new era of working from home and streaming content.
The Smart Monitor M8 is enhanced for users’ convenience and features an even slimmer design than past models. Recently, Samsung Newsroom unboxed the device to see all the new features and details up close. Let’s take a deep dive into the new, all-in-one experience.
Easy To Install
After opening the box, we found that the 32-inch monitor’s neat white color really stands out. The device features a vertical herringbone pattern on its back that creates a sophisticated vibe, as well as an eye-catching attachable camera. The box also includes a simple yet sturdy-looking stand, a USB-C cable, a micro HDMI cable (micro HDMI to HDMI) and a tiny remote control that fits comfortably in your palm — a rare addition for today’s monitors. The monitor comes with a battery-free remote control that conveniently charges via a USB-C port. There are three external ports in all: one micro HDMI port, one upstream USB-C port and one downstream USB-C port. The middle USB-C port also supports 65W charging.
With a simple assortment of items, installation is easy. First, connect the stand’s neck to its base and fasten the bolts at the bottom. Next, connect the assembled stand to the monitor by sliding it into place top edge first and then pushing down until you hear a click. To disassemble the device, simply push the button that disconnects the stand from the monitor.
An Ultra-Slim Design That’s Easy on the Eyes
After assembling the monitor, we immediately noticed just how simple, neat and slim its design really is. Measuring just 11.4mm thin, the device is less than one-third the thickness of the previous version. Its warm white hue gently radiates a soft vibe, complementing any design or space. The organic herringbone pattern on the back adds a sophisticated touch that stands out even more when the monitor is installed in an open room setting.
The monitor’s Height Adjustable Stand (HAS) is particularly convenient. When a monitor is aligned below a user’s eye level, it forces them to constantly look down, which can cause neck pain. The Smart Monitor M8 can not only be tilted at different angles, but also allows users to adjust its height to match their eye level. This means there’s no need to use other items or stands to elevate the screen. The height of the monitor — measured from the surface of the table to the bottom bezel — is 3.6cm at its lowest setting and 15.6cm at its highest setting.
SlimFit Cam Makes Video Calls More Satisfying
The Smart Monitor M8 also comes with a wireless SlimFit Cam (1920×1080, 30p) that makes it perfect for video conferencing and online classes. The camera can be conveniently attached or detached from the monitor at any time. It connects to the device using pogo pins, which means there’s no need for wires. This keeps the monitor’s back uncluttered and streamlined.
In addition, with video conferencing apps like Google Duo built right in, the monitor makes it easy to participate in online meetings or take classes at home or in an office. It also comes with a Face Tracking feature that automatically tracks and centers on users if they move during video calls, as well as an Auto Zoom feature that subtly zooms in on their face when speaking.
Creating the Perfect Home Office Environment, Even Without a PC
In the work-from-anywhere era, it can be quite daunting to manage urgent tasks without access to a PC. The Smart Monitor M8 removes that worry by making it possible to work PC-free as long as there’s a Wi-Fi connection. The device’s Workspace feature combines all work-related services into one screen, while the included Microsoft 365 cloud service1 allows users to manage files using programs such as Word and PowerPoint even without a PC.
The Smart Monitor M8 also supports Samsung DeX, which allows Galaxy smartphones to support a PC-like experience, making it easy to connect to the monitor and start multitasking. Additionally, the monitor is equipped with Eye Saver Mode and Flicker Free technology to minimize eye strain and prevent flickering.
Enjoy OTT Services to the Fullest
When you feel like sitting back and enjoying a show or movie, the Smart Monitor M8 transforms into a TV thanks to the built-in Smart Hub, which features various OTT services such as Netflix, Disney+, YouTube and more.2 You can also view a variety of movies, TV series, sports matches and other content on demand — completely free — using Samsung’s proprietary smart OTT service, Samsung TV Plus.
* Remote control shortcuts vary by country.
But that’s not all. The monitor’s included remote control makes finding and managing content a breeze. Other features and enhancements that make the viewing experience even more satisfying include the device’s UHD (3840×2160) resolution, HDR10+ support, 99% sRGB color gamut, 400nit brightness, 2.2 channel stereo speakers and Adaptive Sound+, which automatically analyzes the monitor’s surroundings to optimize sound effects. The result is a rich content experience filled with detailed visuals and sound.
A Home IoT Hub for SmartThings
With built-in support for SmartThings Hub, users can easily connect their IoT devices to their Smart Monitor M8 and monitor their devices at a glance. The SmartThings app’s Map View function allows users to check on the status of devices including Samsung smart home appliances and Bluetooth, IR (infrared spectroscopy) and IoT devices. Plus, with voice recognition technology, users can even control the lights, home appliances and more while in the middle of watching a show or other content.3
The monitor’s built-in microphone enables its Far Field Voice feature, which recognizes voices even from afar, enabling you to control voice assistants like Bixby and Amazon Alexa.4 If users talk to Bixby while the monitor is turned off, the Always On Voice feature springs into action, allowing users to interact with Bixby and displaying the information they want on screen. Users can also use Bixby to switch from one app to another and manage videos or home devices.
With our homes even more central to our lives, Samsung’s Smart Monitor M8 is the all-in-one screen that complements modern consumers’ lifestyles. Combining smart and practical features with a sophisticated design, while offering consumers the ability to use their monitor wherever they want, the Smart Monitor M8 is the perfect choice for consumers who are looking for a new monitor this spring.
※ Some images have been edited to help readers’ understanding of the product.
1 Requires users to log in to their Microsoft 365 account.
2 Streaming service availability varies by country. Subscriptions may be required.
3 A separate SmartThings Dongle (VG-STDB10A) is required to connect to Zigbee devices (connection to Z-Wave device is not supported). VG-STDB10A can be purchased within April.
4 Amazon Alexa availability varies by country.
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