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Samsung’s SmartThings Meets Hyundai and Kia Ev’s Connected Cars

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As part of their collaborative drive for linked automobiles and Smart Homes, Samsung Electronics will integrate its smart home gadgets with the in-vehicle entertainment systems of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, including electric vehicles. Samsung announced on Thursday that it and Hyundai Motor Group had inked a memorandum of agreement on January 3 to integrate SmartThings Station, an Internet of Things platform, with the infotainment systems of Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp. vehicles.

Customers of Hyundai and Kia will be able to use touch and voice commands to remotely operate digital appliances via their vehicles’ in-car entertainment systems, as per the agreement. Additionally, they will be able to operate different car systems via TVs, smartphone applications, and AI speakers.

“Home-to-Car” and “Car-to-Home” services:

In order to provide “home-to-car” and “car-to-home” services as well as an integrated home energy management service, the two businesses will collaborate to connect Samsung’s SmartThings with Hyundai and Kia’s connected automobiles, including EVs. The in-car entertainment systems and smart homes are connected via home-to-car and car-to-home services, enabling bidirectional remote control. When at home, users may check the status of their car’s charging, open and close the windows, manage the smart air conditioning system, and start their car.

The SmartThings platform makes all of these functions possible. Moreover, household gadgets like TVs, air conditioners, and EV chargers will be controllable from automobiles. Users’ TV displays and smartphones will provide details on the EV’s driving range and remaining battery when they’re ready to leave for work. The news followed the two businesses’ June last year announcement that they would work together in the in-car entertainment space. As per the deal, Samsung would provide the Exynos Auto V920 processors, which are used in Hyundai’s premium models’ in-car entertainment systems, starting in 2025.

Samsung and Harman, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, are collaborating closely to enhance car-to-home services further. Software and hardware updates are possible using Harman’s “Ready Upgrade” digital cockpit package solution. Users who wish to use a variety of car-to-home services can install the SmartThings feature using a ready upgrade.

By taking into account variable pricing based on the time of day, the power demand response (DR) program, the date of photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage systems (ESS), time-specific carbon emissions, and data from photovoltaic systems, EVs connected to integrated home energy in a management service can automatically determine the time to charge.

Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President at Samsung Electronics, said,By connecting the SmartThings platform with vehicles, we’ll be able to significantly enhance the customer experience in both the home and the car.”


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Samsung to borrow more iOS features with One UI 7

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Samsung is developing the One UI 7, which will provide several new features for Galaxy devices. To do that, Samsung is spotted getting several new features related to Apple’s iOS 18 features.

In the last couple of days, Samsung has already spotted using some new features that will be available in the One UI 7. For instance, there is a new Gallery icon and Quick settings. Apart from these, a new camera interface has also been spotted.

Now, some more new features have been spotted. According to tipster @chunvn8888, the Korean giant will bring Apple’s Dynamic Island and Live activities functionalities to the Galaxy devices.

For more information, the Dynamic will provide extra usability of the regular features from the notch, such as timers, music control, and view interaction .’

Meanwhile, the Live activities could bring lock screen notifications from apps that can update themselves automatically.

However, it is worth mentioning that the company will provide these features with the same name and debut them with its own name and new features. It is also expected that Samsung may introduce these features in a new way.


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Samsung Galaxy Ring new features to be run on subscription model

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Samsung introduced its latest Galaxy wearable in the last Galaxy unpacked event, here we are talking about the Galaxy Ring. With this new gadget, the Korean giant has opened the door to innovation and convenience.

With the Galaxy Ring, Samsung is aiming to provide more comfort to track daily routine health changes without disturbing the regular lifestyle. For starters, the new Galaxy wearable can track various health-related factors including continuous sleep and heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, workout tracking, and more. But the question is “Do these features require any fees”?

During the Galaxy unpacked event, Samsung didn’t talk about any additional fees for using the Galaxy Ring features, nor did the company highlight any subscription model which indicates that you will not be required to pay any fee for using any feature at the moment.

But there is a twist, same as the case of Galaxy AI features where the company hasn’t publically spoken about the charges implemented on the features after 2025 and issued them in the document with a small font, the Galaxy Ring is also spotted to get some type of subscription model in the presentation slide.

However, if we observe the clause mentioned in the official presentation, which says there are no additional fees applicable to the current feature available on the Galaxy Ring, but the upcoming feature will be listed in the subscription, it means if the user uses any new feature on the Galaxy Ring then they will have to pay a certain amount


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One UI 7 stock camera UI design and app icon leaked

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One UI 7 is set to be available in the next couple of months, there are some rumors have already started circulating about the availability of the One UI 7.0 beta program, and along with this there are some leaks revealed about the new change which will be applied to the Galaxy devices, now with a tipster has revealed about the stock camera UI design and internal UI changes.

Samsung to bring one-hand compatible stock camera UI

A tipster user named @chunvn8888 shared four screenshots where we can see the icon look of the application along with the camera’s internal user interface. The new app icon is clean and simple with the texture of white color, it is reminding the early days of Instagram.


Meanwhile, if we talk about the user interface, the company has made some minor changes but will be useful for users to comfortably use the device with one hand.

According to the screenshots, now when you open the photo mode, here you will get a dedicated button in the right corner immediately above of camera shifting button, which allows you to expand the features in a strip so you can use them with the help of the one hand.


Along with this, the menu also comes down near the bottom in a tray form so you can easily select any of the options without any extra effort.

Earlier the tipster also shared the leaked images of the Gallery app icon which will be redesigned in in the One UI 7. Along with this, there are several rumours also appeared that claim many new features will appear with the One UI 7.0


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