ZigBee smart-home tech on its way to Samsung handsets -- report

Samsung's next Galaxy reportedly will pack ZigBee wireless technology to let users to control everything from lighting switches to heating controls.

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Home-automation technology found in the ZigBee wireless spec will be coming to Samsung's next line of handsets, a new report claims.

The company plans to integrate Zigbee technology in the next Samsung Galaxy, Pocket-lint is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. With help from the ZigBee Alliance, Samsung reportedly will bundle ZigBee wireless technology into its Galaxy handsets that will allow users to control everything from lighting switches to heating controls, providing full smart home automation.

Samsung is essentially hoping to turn its next devices into "home smartphones" that provide all of the functionality its current handsets deliver, while providing full control over the fixtures and components in a house. Currently, users need a remote to connect to ZigBee-friendly products.

Of course, some pitfalls might await Samsung. In order for there to be real value to customers, they'd need ZigBee-compatible products running in their homes.

One other tidbit from the report: Samsung might not be the only company considering jumping into the ZigBee fray. HTC is reportedly considering offering home automation through ZigBee's technology, as well.

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