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I hear you, I hear you. What's the point of a remote control for a dryer? You don't know you need to start it back up without physically checking the clothes in the first place, at which point you're right next to the buttons. But hear me out here. Dryers are complicated, and they have lots of knobs. Wouldn't transferring those functions to a touchscreen just make life easier? Here, take a look.

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Fortunately, it's not my job to sell you on the idea of using your smartphone to control your dryer. That's Samsung's. Here's how the company describes its new plug-in.

App Description:

  • This is the plug-in app to connect Smart Home Dryer.
  • It is a free application for whom purchased 2014 Samsung Smart Dryer.
  • This app allows you to connect your Samsung Dryer with you anywhere from in your home or out-of-your home.
  • New innovative features are available from checking status, controlling, receiving helpful notifications and finding related customer services
  • Gas type dryer support only monitoring.

The software recommends a Galaxy S or Note device running at least Ice Cream Sandwich to use, though some other models may work as well. The plug-in is free to download, but you first need to spend around a grand on one of Samsung's new dryers to get any use out of it. I'll drop a link for anyone who's contemplating the idea.

SamsungDryers

Update: I originally reported that a Galaxy device was required to use this plug-in, but that is not the case. Samsung merely states that other phones are not guaranteed to operate correctly. In addition, this plugin will not work without having the Samsung Smart Home app installed as well.

Samsung Smart Dryers

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Cory S

    I love the sarcasm dripping off this post :) Also, Samsungs dryer app has a....search box. Wow.

    • KG

      Can it be used to find the other sock?

      • Mike Reid

        They get sucked into a worm-hole generated by the spinning, and end up on the other side of the world where dryers spin the other way.

        Google Sock Search will help you find the recipient to put it right.

  • http://twitter.com/lyzanor Lyzanor

    Quantum is coming! :D

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    Why is samsung so insistent on making a closed device ecosystem? Have they not seen what it does to Apple? I won't own a samsung appliance, but now that I know I have to have a samsung device to use all the features it just pisses me off.

    • Rob Cook

      Yes, actually, I do think they've seen what Apple has done, namely becoming the most valuable company in the world. So from a business standpoint it's not a bad system to emulate. Also because Samsung makes *everything* I'm sure the logic is 'hey we make *everything*, we should integrate that into the one thing that people always have with them -- their smartphone, and if it leads to more sales of our phones all the better!'

      Do I agree with it? I own a Nexus 5 coming from an S3 so that should give you that answer. Can I fault them, nope, not at all.

      • Mike Reid

        Yep.

        That's why Tizen. And if nothing else, it's a negotiating tool.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      So you know how when Samsung releases an app, you assume it only works with other Samsung devices? My bad. As it turns out, this *does* work with other phones (Samsung just only guarantees it will work with a Galaxy S or Note device). I've updated the post with a clarification.

    • abobobilly

      Eventhough it doesn't hold true in this specific case, i think i know what you are talking about. If an app is being released for an "Android" phone, it should work on ALL android phones, irrespective of its brand. (For example, Milk Music by Samsung only works on a handful of Samsung products which just doesn't make any sense ... well ofcourse we can get modded apks or mod our build prop file but thats not the 'right' choice, or is it!?)

  • AngelaRGonzales

    The app is free to download, but you first need to spend around a grand on one of Samsung's new dryers to get any use out of it. I'll drop a link for anyone who's contemplating the idea. http://0rz.tw/9BIIY

    • maxkobi

      Thank link though... ;)

  • TrOpAzR

    But why just the dryer? The lowly washing machine could also benefit from a Samsung app. While we're at it just give me a Samsung app for everything. Then all I have to do is sit on my couch, eat, drink, and control sh*t with my phone.

    • pfmiller

      No fear, the washer has a plugin too!

      • TrOpAzR

        First example of extensible app-liances?

    • Mike Reid

      Then don't forget the Samsung Smart Home Heart Bypass and Liposuction machines too.

  • blakew595

    Until there is a day when I can put clothes in the washer and the washer pushes it to the dryer will be the day I find use for this

    • Dirty Dave

      Or get a washer/dryer? We've had one of since sort since at least 2003

  • blakew595

    Just remember no matter what you do there's an app for that

  • hp420

    Ok, you know what?? Fuck Samsung!! They keep doing that stupid 'Galaxy only' shit!! I'm done...I will never buy another Samsung product, as long as I live! Fuck you, Samsung, for tainting the open source android ecosystem with your diseased bullshit filth! I hope you do drop android for good, because tizen will bankrupt your little precious enterprise, and you deserve it.

    • Ransom

      what the actual fuck are you going on about?
      They're shaping an open source system to do what they want it to do? HOW HORRIFYING. Don't like Touchwiz? Well shit, i'll let you in onto a secret - you don't have to use it due to the magic of custom roms!
      Besides, open source ecosystem? Do you even realize how many hardware drivers on your device are closed-source?

      • hp420

        I use Nexus devices. They are the most open source android device available. I totally get that there is no such thing as 100% open-source, but Samsung takes the polar opposite approach! Every other manufacturer gibes at least some leeway, and are starting to allow more freedom with their devices....not Samsung!! Try installing GNL on a non-Nexus. it will most likely work...the odds are pretty good, actually!! Try installing anything from Samsung on a Nexus without insane hackery....anything at all....you'll be pretty hard pressed to find anything.

        Now I see there is a post that says it's running on pfmiller's Nexus. But that doesn't prove functionality, and I'd bet that' just a coincidence, as is usually the case in these circumstances.

        And yes, fuck Samsung...everyone else learned to share, while Samsung just clutched onto their steaming pile of crap, took what they needed from android, and gave everyone the middle finger on the way out the door. So no, I don't exactly like them very much, to say the least.

        • Ransom

          I use Nexus 4 myself too and understand your point, but Samsung is free to do whatever they feel like with Android.That's what open source allows. Besides, what's the point of installing Samsung apps on non-Samsung phones? They're made specifically for that enviroment, no wonder they won't work properly somewhere else, just like with Xperia apps and the rest of brand specific stuff.

      • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

        Custom roms, yeah

        Soft-bricked my father's s2 the other day trying, and kies can't recover it...
        He bought a nexus 5 to replace it

    • pfmiller

      I don't have any of their appliances, but it seems like the Smart Home app (and so presumably this plugin) works fine on my Nexus device.

    • Ashish

      "tainting the open source android ecosystem" have you ever thought how crappy of a experience that nexus or any of the popular android phones would be without google apps? Go ahead and put CM on your Nexus and then don't install GAPPS, let me know how much you enjoy open source android.

      • hp420

        Are you kidding??? Do you know how stupid that sounds?? I said "screw them for not letting other manufacturers have access" and you said "but think about what it would be like without the play store".....you can gain access to the play store on any device, as long as the manufacturer is licensed to do so, genius!! Google doesn't hoard it all for Nexus devices, do they? Can you do that with Samsung's apps???

        TOTALLY irrelevant, man!!

        • nrt

          The post has been updated, and it apparently does work with other phones.

          Also, Google would be a fool to limit their apps to only Nexus devices. The more data they collect, the more data they can sell. That's why Google apps are available on iOS too, some updates even before Android.

  • jamaall

    If there's a button to auto fold my clothes, I'm interested.

    • AOSPrevails

      You need to pay for a $2000 humanoid Robot to do that.

      • Cory S

        Done.

      • jamaall

        Galaxy Bot S6 or iRobot whichever comes first

      • fsdfjjjkjkj

        I guess i'll stick with my wife. She has other features too

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    So...then you're stuck using a Samsung phone for the life of your washer & dryer. That's quite a commitment.

  • godutch

    My Samsung washer/dryer is one of my better Samsung products at home, I am still happy with that one, it's easy to operate in spite of the many functions and does it's job quite well though the dry function only has 37.5% of the capacity of the washer function (and drum...).

    Now I wish my samsung shape multiroom speakers were as reliable and good as my washer dryer....

  • Jarrett Tennis

    Tell ya what, how about
    ANDROID POLICE buys me a new washer and dryer and I'll write up a full review... Hey it's worth a try since mine are on their last legs.

  • blakew595

    Xda has just announced their first custom rom for your Samsung dryer

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  • abobobilly

    I kinda like this implementation.

    Except, we dont have a "DROID" lurking around, which could do the job of "Shoving clothes" in dryer -.-

  • Sorian

    *Shakes head and turns around to use the washer and dryer like normal*

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