Samsung has announced that its Smart View app will no longer be available to download from online app stores from 5th Oct 2020.
First spotted by Android Police, the Smart View app’s description has been updated on the Samsung Galaxy Store, Google Play Store and Apple App Store to inform potential users that support will cease from October 5th this year.
Smart View was introduced back in 2011 as a way of beaming music and media from mobile phones to Samsung’s TVs. In addition, it could also operate as a remote control and was used to initiate Art Mode on Samsung’s first The Frame TV.
Users who still want this functionality can continue to use the app but if it is deleted after 5th October, it will not be available for re-download. Samsung is now recommending that its customers instead use the company’s SmartThings app to replace the ageing Smart View.
Unfortunately, while the SmartThings app appears to work for Samsung’s smart TVs released after 2016, owners of Samsung TVs prior to this will find themselves having to rely on the outdated Smart View application, thus throwing into sharp relief once again the limited lifespan of some functions on smart TVs as technology moves on apace.
Samsung’s Google Play Store announcement is reproduced below:
End of Service Announcement for Smart View app (Oct. 5, 2020)
Dear Samsung Smart View app users,
Thank you for using Samsung Smart View app.
Unfortunately, Smart View app will no longer be supported from Oct. 5, 2020.
Please note, if you delete Smart View app from your mobile device, you will not be able to download it again. You can continue to use Smart View app unless you delete the app.
For models over K5500 in 2016, M5500 in 2017*, and The Frame, you can enjoy a new mobile and TV experience by installing the Samsung SmartThings app from Google Play Store, Samsung Galaxy Store, and Apple App Store.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
The Samsung Smart View App Service Team
* The Samsung SmartThings app is not supported for the models listed in the countries specified below. For some models, service may be limited in some countries, according to the operating policy.
- 2016 K6300/6000 - South Korea, North America
- 2017 M6100 - Argentina, Brazil
- M6103/6000 - All countries"
Do you own an older Samsung smart TV that might be affected by this change? Will the lack of support for Smart View affect how you use your TV at all?