Samsung has announced a collaboration with fellow country brand LG and Turkish appliance brand Vestel to develop an app that allows cross-brand control of smart appliances. All three companies are members of the Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA), which includes several other appliance brands such as Electrolux, Haier, GE, Trane, and Beko. Together, they are working on developing the Spec Interface Specification 1.0 to enable communication between appliances from different brands on a common standard.
Samsung, LG, and Vestel are the first three brands to support Spec Interface Specification 1.0 in Q4 2023. With the Samsung SmartThings, LG Thinq, and Vestel VeeZy apps, users will be able to control appliances from other brands. For example, they can use the SmartThings app to control an LG TV. However, this service is currently limited to 8 countries.
The HCA group is also planning to release the Spec Interface Specification 2.0 in 2024, which will include features related to energy management and expand to electric vehicle charging products.