Samsung revealed its new phone Galaxy S21 phones Last week, but that wasn’t all the company talked about. It was also announced soon that Samsung SmartThings device controls could be accessed via Android Auto, and now the function is already operational.
Android Auto integration appears to require SmartThings app v188.8.131.52, which is still rolling out on the Play Store. If you don’t already have it (like I didn’t), you can Get it from APKMirror. Once you have the latest version, the Android Auto section will appear in the app settings.
From there, you can choose the smart home gadgets that appear in the automatic control panel, with a maximum of six devices. You can also choose to receive automatic notifications to trigger a scene when you approach your home, so you can turn on all of your home lights before leaving your car.
The interface on Auto is very simple: you get a toggle for each device, as well as a Settings button at the top to change notifications. I don’t have any devices connected to SmartThings with variable controls (like lights with dimmers), so I wasn’t able to test if more advanced controls were supported.
SmartThings was already working on Android Auto by linking your SmartThings account with the Google Assistant, but it’s nice that touch controls and scene notifications are now available too.
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