Samsung announce apps, wireless speakers and soundbars at CES
There's more to 2017 than QLED
Samsung has expanded on its offerings for 2017 at CES with the promise of a design-led experience, whilst also posting strong growth in the categories in which it already participates.The company has promised not to ignore the reasons for its success and to provide further refinement and innovation to their vast range of products. The company also made no attempt to dodge the lingering issue of the Galaxy Note 7 and has promised that a report into the failings of the device will be made public – something announced in the opening statement of US CEO Tim Barker.
So, what does a design led experience mean in practise? The company has announced that all TVs sold by them henceforth will be smart units although the exact timeframe that this will happen in was not explicitly stated. Samsung sees the large flatscreen TV as the continuing cornerstone of the home entertainment experience and is capable of meeting the challenge posted by mobile devices but only if the user experience is up to the challenge.
To assist with this, Samsung is bringing their TV PLUS experience to the USA and adding some new features. The new app which is available now for Android and iOS is designed to help collate your chosen content in a manner that allows for quick and effective access – even when the TV isn't switched on. The most interesting new addition is the ability to collate where your chosen sports team's game is being broadcast regardless of which service it happens to be on – something that would be increasingly useful in the UK.
Samsung has also promised to release further audio product and increase both the scope and the scale of their activities. As part of the new design of the QLED TV's we have already covered, the new soundbars can be easily hung on the TV, removing the need for a dedicated bracket. For people that want a more conventional audio product, there is also the H7 Wireless speaker that offers seamless connectivity to supported streaming services, and like the soundbars, upsamples all audio to 32Bits. As is often the case with CES press confrences, no information on a UK launch was given.
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