Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 receives improved SmartThings control

Users in Europe can now control more smart home gadgets from the wrist
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Samsung has begun rolling out improved SmartThings functionality to Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 devices in Europe.

After initially announcing back in January that the functionality would be growing, Samsung has noted in a blog post that users should now be able to harness the same control as those in the US.

Specifically, the update is focused on broadening the device types which can be controlled from the wrist.

Following the upgrade, Samsung smartwatch owners will be able to interact more easily with doorbells, cameras and thermostats - and even use their watch as a remote to control certain Samsung TVs.

The move, of course, means that users won't have to take out their phones and access the SmartThings app; this update makes it as simple as controlling devices through the Wear OS SmartThings Tile.

In fact, through the SmartThings app on Wear OS, users can now watch video streams from cameras or doorbells connected to the smart home platform, and also go full Dick Tracy by accessing two-way talk from the wrist.

As per Samsung's description, smart blinds can be tweaked from the smartwatches, as well, while air purifier fan speeds can also be adjusted.

It's a small change, obviously, and one that's taken a little while to roll out to European users of these Galaxy Watch models, but it does help further enrich the Wear OS platform - something that Google's new guidelines for app developers should also contribute towards.

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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