Samsung-Owned SmartThings Launches New Smart Home Hub And Monitoring Service

The big picture goal for SmartThings has always been about making the most open and accessible platform for the emerging smart home market. The company’s hardware hub connects to the hundreds of smart home gadgets out there with their confusing array of radios and protocols, and then centralizes how these devices work together in a single app. And even after being acquired by South Korean electronics colossus Samsung in 2014, the company is still grasping onto that vision with its new hub that it launched on Thursday.

SmartThings’ second generation hub tries to keep that all that openness and package it with some beefed up performance. The biggest feature in the new hub is an built-in processor (a 1GHz single-core ARM chip made by Freescale).

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