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Samsung plans to retire its SmartThings app in April

Samsung Smart Home Monitor part of the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
Samsung Smart Home Monitor
Although the app that allows its users to control SmartThings-compatible IoT products will be retired on April 1, existing users will continue to receive technical support through June (sadly, only 2017).

Windows Phone is dying and seeing one more app for this platform being discontinued is not surprising at all. The time has come for Samsung-owned SmartThings to come up with such an announcement, one that unveils the retirement of the brand's Windows Phone app on the first day of April.

The current version of the app is 1.7.0, offering support for Windows 10 and, if everything works fine, it should remain up for a while. However, "On April 1, 2017 version 1.7.0 will be removed from the Windows app store, and it will no longer be possible to download it and install it onto a new device," reveals SmartThings in a blog post.

Less than a year ago, SmartThings promised monthly updates to the Windows Phone app for its IoT products. Now, it looks like they admit that the company is simply not up to the task of providing "the desired level of updates and support." Fortunately, SmartThings will continue to provide updates to the apps for its products available for platforms like Android and iOS. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-16 (Update: 2017-01-16)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
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