It was only a few days ago when reports suggested Samsung's TV lineup for 2019 will include Bixby and Google Assistant. The company has yet to confirm if that's true, but it's now made a new announcement altogether.
Samsung has unveiled a new feature coming to its 2019 TVs, called Remote Access. It allows users to control various devices, such as PCs, smartphones, and tablets, from their TVs. It also lets them connect certain accessories, such as keyboards and mice, so they can play games off their PC from their TV or broadcast web-based office services on the bigger screen.
Samsung Announces Remote Access For TVs
It all sounds convoluted written this way, but it's actually fairly easy to understand, and it's hard to believe why Samsung is adding this feature just now. The company is essentially making its 2019 TVs friendlier to peripherals and third-party accessories, which means people will be able to do more things on their TV sets other than merely watching TV and casting content.
Right now, it's not clear how any of this will work. Presumably, this will all be handled via Wi-Fi, but Samsung still needs to clarify that. It also seems like users will need to install various apps across their devices to get them all to communicate with the TV. In any case, Samsung says Remote Access will work "anywhere in the world" thanks to a partnership with VMware and its virtual desktop infrastructure. That technology lets users access a specific desktop that's saved on a centralized server.
"Samsung is committed to creating an intuitive and convenient user experience for consumers," said Hyogun Lee, executive VP of Visual Display Business at Samsung. Thanks to Remote Access, users can easily access different apps and cloud services installed on various connected devices directly through their TV screen, added Lee.
Remote Access: What's The Point?
Samsung's new feature could definitely be convenient for people who want to play video games on the big screen wirelessly. However, it remains to be seen how Samsung plans to handle latency issues, the main drawback of wireless-streaming systems.
The company is likely to share more details as CES 2019 rolls around. In that regard, make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more. In the meantime, feel free to sound off in the comments section below if you have any thoughts!