Samsung said that in 2015, it will be rolling out its own Tizen operating system across the breadth of its smart home offerings, creating a cross-platform software solution to connect all the many systems running in a truly connected household.
Tizen is a big cog in Samsung's future plans in IoT—the company also pushed its Tizen SDK for Wearables at its developer conference. Samsung Flow is another enabling software platform the company talked up here—it's software that developers can build into their Android apps to connect smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and other media-playing devices so a video stream or game can be paused on one device and "seamlessly" picked up on another.
Hong made one big promise to the developers gathered here at Moscone West. The platforms Samsung is developing for health and fitness, the smart home, wearables, and more will remain open, the Samsung president said.
"We believe that an open platform allows manufacturers and developers to work together in cooperation," Hong said.
To that end, Samsung announced on Wednesday that it is making available an open reference design of its Simband health and wellness wearable. Introduced in May, the Simband packs a miniaturized sensor module and a 1GHz ARM A7-based processor.
Simband leverages a cloud-based open software platform called the Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (SAMI) to process and analyze the health data the wearable collects on a 24/7 basis, including a wearer's heart rate, blood pressure, and more.
PCMag will have more news and notes from the Samsung Developer Conference. For more, check out the slideshows above, and the Gear VR video below.
Damon Poeter got his start in journalism working for the English-language daily newspaper The Nation in Bangkok, Thailand