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If you've got a late-model Samsung "smart" camera, you should check out this nifty function. Samsung Home Monitor lets owners of the upcoming NX3000 camera (and presumably other models in the NX line) view video from the camera's lens remotely on their phones. It's a neat application of the hardware available.


Using the simple app, you can treat your camera like a security camera or baby/pet monitor. Users can stream live video from the camera at any time, as long as there's Wi-Fi in the house and your smartphone has a data connect (Wi-Fi or mobile). In an impressive display of practical design, the camera can also be activated by sound or motion, alerting the smartphone app via a notification. The app can download short, recorded videos from the times when the alerts were triggered.

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The description says the NX3000 camera is due in May, and apparently it still hasn't been announced by Samsung, so this appears to be a bit of a pre-release kerfuffle at corporate. Still, it's nice to see that someone at the company realizes that not everyone buys all-Samsung gear, because the app is compatible with Android 4.0+ phones from all manufacturers. Are you watching, Gear team?

An older app is compatible with older cameras and phones. See the second widget below.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • hot_spare

    "Are you watching, Gear team?"

    It's like saying I will act stupid even if I know the answer/information. There's a reason why Gear isn't compatible with other 'normal' Android. This is because the Gear is designed to work with TW-based phones. The Galaxy phones are way different than normal androids, and the Gear is meant to work with Galaxy phones.

    If someone made a circle, don't ask why it's doesn't have 4 sides like a square. It wasn't meant to have 4 sides. Is that hard to understand? or someone is just trying too hard to be thick?

    • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

      i think one of the reasons that the Gear only works with galaxy (newer) devices is synergy, the desire for these smartwatches would help to sell their phones (an Apple move) and also helps them reduce the amount of work required to keep these devices fully compatible with the connected phones

  • Stephen Zipprich

    TinyCam Monitor Pro + IP Camera for Android + unused smartphone = cheaper option.

    • alexcue

      Which IP Camera app do you use? There are quite a few on the Play Store.

      • Stephen Zipprich

        IP Webcam for Android. I didn't realize I didn't put the actual name down until you asked me.

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        • alexcue

          Thanks for the follow-up, I'll be investigating this with my old phones tonight!

  • Nvrhde

    Good for sick mothers

  • StraightEdgeNexus

    way too gimmicky. Seriously even this electronics

    • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

      It's better to have and not need than to need and not have

  • Android Developer

    If the hardware isn't available yet, how come the software is?

  • Matthew Fry

    Turning a $1200 camera into a $50 security camera. Nice.