Samsung's Smart-Home Master Plan: Leave the Door Open for Others

Samsung's long-awaited push into smart homes has arrived, and it may be better than anyone expected

Yoon Boo-Keun, president and co-chief executive officer of Samsung Electronics, speaks at a news conference during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The most important product at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show may not actually be a product at all. It’s a policy. Samsung Electronics has pledged that 90 percent of all devices it creates, including televisions and mobile devices, will be Internet-enabled by 2017—just two short years away. The remaining 10 percent will come on board by 2020. Considering that in 2014 Samsung delivered more than 665 million products to consumers around the world, it’s hard to understate how important this is to the overall move to turn the Internet of Things—the everything-is-connected tech Valhalla—from a plaything for early adopters into the mainstream of moms and microwaves.

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