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LG enables cross-brand connectivity through LG ThinQ smart home platform

September 6, 2023

Posted by: Janmesh Chintankar

Jung Ki-hyun of LG

LG Electronics (LG) is set to present commercial implementation of Home Connectivity Alliance‘s HCA specification 1.0, enabling cross-brand appliance connectivity through LG ThinQ smart home platform. By the end of this year, consumers will be able to control appliances from diverse brands, such as Samsung and Vestel, with intuitive-to-use ThinQ app, providing smooth interconnectivity and a smarter, more convenient home.

With a firm commitment to customer experience creation, LG has joined with other brands to bring elegant simplicity of cross-brand compatibility to large markets worldwide, including South KoreaUnited States and Europe. The partnership will initially cover large appliance product categories, such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, and will gradually be expanded to other types of appliances in future.

The widespread adoption of HCA specification 1.0 to development makes it possible to monitor and control various brands’ home appliances and air solutions using a single application. With ThinQ app, users just have to register their compatible products, and then they’re ready to enjoy ease and time-saving freedom of one-stop device management. Those with LG washing machine and Samsung dishwasher in home, for example, will no longer have to switch between each manufacturer’s app to set their preferred wash cycle and cleaning settings.

The arrival of true cross-brand interconnectivity is realisation of HCA’s vision for a smooth unified smart home experience. Founded in January 2022 and comprising a number of smart home solutions manufacturers, HCA aims to provide cloud-based interoperability between smart home platforms of its member companies. As a board member of the alliance, LG has been working closely with other appliance makers, including Samsung and Vestel, to drive adoption of HCA Specification 1.0, with goal of enhancing user convenience.

Committed to expanding smart home ecosystem, LG has also actively supported work of Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), a global organisation dedicated to developing open communication protocols for smart home devices. LG contributed to development and standardisation of ‘Matter protocol’, an Internet Protocol based home IoT (internet of things) communications standard led by the CSA.

“LG ThinQ enables a seamlessly interconnected home appliance ecosystem that will provide new smart home experiences to customers around the globe. LG will continue to expand compatibility between ThinQ and other HCA members’ smart home platforms.” says Jung Ki-hyun, executive vice president and head of platform business centre.

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