Right of the heels of LG’s smart refrigerator announcement, Samsung takes the stage and announces the 2018 update to their Family Hub smart refrigerator, which now includes better support for their Bixby voice assistant, SmartThings integration and even AKG speakers “for sound that is deep in bass and rich in mid-range.”
As mentioned above, there is now SmartThings integration, which lets users connect third-party devices that are apart of the ecosystem, such as lights, thermostats, light switches, video cameras, and more. The SmartThings integration means users can now adjust the thermostat, or even see what’s happening in another room of the house, right from the refrigerators screen. As with the last model, there is a camera inside which monitors what food you do and don’t have, making it easier to get groceries at the store.
There is also improved Bixby support for this years model, which is now fully capable of going against Alexa and Google Assistant. Before, the fridge only had access to basic voice commands. Interestingly, the fridge can recognize individual voices of different people, giving them personalized results in the process.
When looking at the speakers, they can be used to play music, videos and other content from built-in apps like Pandora and Spotify, or stream content from a connected smartphone. Samsung also included two new food apps: Meal Planner, which manages food and provides recipes while taking food preferences and dietary constrictions into consideration, alongside a new Deals app, which “gives users the ability to find great bargains and save them directly to the Shopping List or loyalty card.”
As to be expected, Samsung isn’t releasing any details for the new Family Hub refrigerator, although they are expected to launch sometime this spring. Stay tuned to TechDependent for more of our CES 2018 coverage. To get caught up with what has happened so far, click here.