Samsung Electronics has introduced the Remote Access feature for smart TVs. It will feature in Samsung lineups starting 2019.
The Remote Access feature will provide enhanced wireless connectivity with PCs, tablets and smartphones – allowing consumers to remotely control compatible programmes and apps through their Samsung smart TV. Also, without a separate HDMI cable connection, users can remotely access a PC in their room through the TV in their living room to perform various tasks, including surfing the web or playing games from their TV’s screen using a connected keyboard and mouse. And, Remote Access allows users to directly control their devices connected to a TV with a keyboard and mouse in addition to simply displaying the content on a larger screen.
“Samsung is committed to creating an intuitive and convenient user experience for consumers,” said Hyogun Lee, EVP of Visual Display Business at the company. "With Remote Access, consumers will be able to easily access various programmes, apps and cloud services installed on multiple connected devices directly through their TV screen. We will continue to collaborate with our partners to expand the compatibility of Remote Access and provide more services to our users.”
Additionally, a web browser-based cloud office service can be accessed through Remote Access, so users can now access files and work on documents from their smart TVs. This aspect is built on VMware Horizon, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that Samsung and its partner VMware developed.
“Samsung and VMware share a passion for helping workers to be as productive as possible. We continue to expand our partnership, so that those working remotely will have a seamless experience as they access virtual desktops, applications, and online services from their favourite Samsung devices – including a Samsung smart TV,” said Shankar Iyer, SVP and GM for End User Computing at VMware.
To address security concerns surrounding wireless connectivity and cloud services, Samsung has also integrated its proprietary Knox security technology into its Remote Access features. Embedded in Samsung’s Smart TV lineup since 2015, Knox is supported with regular firmware updates for continuous protection, Samsung noted.