Maybe Samsung has the right idea about being a modern appliance manufacturer. Apple makes gadgets– Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, et al, and they work and play nice-nice with each other. Samsung, not so much.
What the Korean conglomerate has going for it is appliances. Maybe Apple needs to buy Whirlpool and start making iCloud connected kitchen appliances that communicate well with iPhone and Watch apps. What would Apple do?
App For That
Samsung isn’t likely to put an app on Apple’s iPhone App Store that manages all their appliances, but Samsung has competition. In the U.S. and elsewhere the Whirlpool brand has some measure of cache, and the company promises an Apple Watch app that lets you control nearly two dozen of its line of connected appliances.
What kind of appliances are we talking about? Well, a Whirlpool oven could let Watch check on baking temperatures, and even change a setting or adjust a cook cycle. A Whirlpool Watch app could change the type of wash cycle in washing machines, and check on time remaining on a particular cycle– washer or dryer. And, I would expect to see notifications from devices back to iPhone and Watch to let you know what’s going on.
I never realized how many kitchen appliances were into Wi-Fi but apparently the number is the hundreds already, including Whirlpool, Samsung, GE, Bosch, and many others. Why are these manufacturers interest in apps for iPhone and Watch? Why not get in bed with the hot selling Amazon Echo and Alexa first?
While Amazon may have sold a few dozen million devices that can connect to various appliances, too– all over Wi-Fi, of course– Apple already has over 1-billion iOS customers with iPhones, iPads, and Watch, and Apple’s customers are more proactive about using them than their Android brethren.
Where Samsung and Apple differ is approach. Apple makes the gadgets and ways for them to connect to other Wi-Fi-enabled appliances. Samsung makes gadgets, too, but they also make the appliances, and while we don’t buy new refrigerators, washers, dryers, microwaves, or stoves as often as a new iPhone, over the next decade Samsung stands to win more in this segment of the gadget industry than Apple.
Is it just me, or is anyone else a little worried that conversing with our appliances via Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Bixby, or Assistant could be problematic for humanity in the long term? After all, we don’t always interact with each other as well as we should because humans can be so unpredictable. What happens when we prefer to interact with our robotic devices which are predictable?