Samsung planning to withdraw their Windows Phone SmartThings app

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In a blow to Windows Phone users into the Internet of Things, Samsung has announced on their Smartthings blog that they will be withdrawing their app from the Windows Store on April 1, and would stop supporting it after June 2017.

They write:

We also regret to announce that version 1.7.0 of the SmartThings app for Windows Phone will be the last major release for the Windows Phone OS. We are no longer able to provide the desired level of updates and support for this platform and have made the tough decision to discontinue Windows phone development.

Version 1.7.0 now offers support for Windows 10 features. Barring unforeseen issues, this version will continue to function (with Windows Phone 10 Anniversary update). On April 1, 2017 version 1.7.0 will be removed from the Windows app store, and it will no longer be possible to download it and install it onto a new device. We will continue to offer technical support through June 2017 for existing users.

The app will continue working until a breaking change at Samsung’s back-end, but this may be little help to readers who need to re-install the app.

Windows Phone users may wish to look for alternatives such as Home Remote, a UWP app which connects to multiple IoT platforms, including Smartthings, with the full list including:

  • Crestron controllers
  • Denon AV receivers
  • Dropcam
  • ecobee thermostats
  • Global Caché devices (GC-100/iTach/iTach Flex)
  • Honeywell Lyric thermostats
  • Insteon hubs (Model 2245-222)
  • IP cameras KNX devices
  • LIFX lights
  • Logitech Harmony hubs
  • Marantz AV receivers
  • MyQ garage door openers and light controls (Chamberlain/LiftMaster)
  • Nest Cam
  • Nest Learning Thermostat
  • Osram
  • Lightify lights
  • Philips Hue
  • Russound MCA-Series, C-Series, & X5 controllers
  • SmartThings hubs
  • Sonos UPnP devices (AV receivers, smart TVs, lights…)
  • Vera controllers
  • WeMo switches
  • Wink hubs
  • Yamaha AV receivers & MusicCast

The app can be found in the Windows Store here.

Home Remote
Home Remote
Developer: The Home Remote
Price: Free

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