SmartThings Hub and sensors were first sold in Q2 2014 while Samsung acquired it in Aug 2014. On a good note Samsung has updated the SmartThings hub with new features and sensors. Well Samsung has also announced the new portable SSD T1 compact storage solution in the ongoing CES 2015, do check the full story.
The new version of the SmartThings Hub, which connects all compatible home sensors, features an improved processor, a local app engine, built-in backup battery power, and expanded connectivity protocol options. New and improved Hub also adds some updated connectivity, in the shape of Bluetooth Smart, which will expand the number of devices it can connect to.
All the previous sensors like SmartSense Presence, SmartSense Motion, and SmartSense Multi comes at a much reduced size, say one-third of its previous ones. They have also adds 3rd party integrations like compatibility with Netgear Wi-Fi cameras, Honeywell thermostats, Philips Hue bulbs, August locks, Chamberlain garage-door openers and all Samsung smart appliances.
SmartThings acquisition by Samsung occurred in August 2014. It happened at around $200 million. It is said that the new SmartThings Hub will go on sale in the US and Canada in April 2015. They are also launching an optional premium service that will offer customers advanced incident management control, and improved home monitoring through DVR video streaming.