The ninth annual Samsung Developer Conference was held at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco on October 5, 2023. The event was marked by Samsung’s announcement of One UI 6 and the multinational conglomerate’s emphasis on user data privacy, sustainability, and a connected ecosystem.
The One UI 6.0 update that went with the Slogan “Enabling your Galaxy, your way” validates Samsung’s plans to release the OS update by the end of this year after running it on a beta program for a while.
The new One UI 6.0 features contain a restructured Quick Panel, which helps users navigate better because of its easy use. A new typeface, One UI Sans, is also introduced, ensuring better readability of digital screens. The new One UI 6.0 features Samsung Studio, allowing users to edit multi-layered video.
The realm of a secure, connected ecosystem has been paramount for the South Korean electronic giants. Consequently, the concept of a secure and connected smart home is closer than ever as Samsung announced the SmartThings Home API, allowing developers to create SmartThings-based apps easily. Additionally, Samsung is expanding the SmartThings Hub to include sound bars and smart TVs, broadening its product compatibility.
Then, the second-generation Smart Tag 2 was announced, a device that helps users find lost items through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity. The portable Smart Tag 2 has a battery life of upto 700 days with an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. The device can also trace lost items through rain, dust, and underground.
Samsung’s plan to enhance its voice assistant, Bixby, is also underway. First launched back in 2017, the virtual assistant will integrate with SmartThings. With more intuitive command control, Bixby will identify which command best suits a device in a multi-device environment.
Samsung also announced that Tizen is expanding its presence on various devices, including home appliances featuring a 7-inch display. Additionally, it is enhancing user experiences through on-device artificial intelligence (AI) and the Home AI Edge Hub. The Linux-based operating system in the past has successfully powered digital screens, including TVs, monitors, and home appliances, and its further mutation is seen as a game changer.
Last but not least, Samsung showcased its improved health solutions that leverage the strength of connectivity. With Samsung Health and Samsung Food, users will get personalized nutrition recommendations, food delivery services, and recipe-sharing programs; Samsung is designing an all-new digital health experience.