As it continues to innovate for users, Samsung Electronics is getting ready to showcase its latest developments at the Samsung Developer Conference 2022 (SDC22). During the conference, Samsung showcased updates to its software, services and more, with the aim of improving the overall user experience. To learn more about some of the ideas behind these developments, Samsung Newsroom sat down with four SDC22 speakers to hear more.
As people increasingly focused on health, the tech industry realized the value of pursuing projects that help individuals monitor their health and fitness. Chief Engineer Jinwoo Song of Samsung Research’s Data Research Team explained how the Samsung Health Stack project helps developers and engineers optimize app development and more.
Q1. What does Samsung Health Stack do and what benefits does it ultimately provide?
Samsung Health Stack is an open source project that helps to conduct research related to digital health using wearable devices, develop necessary applications and create backend server and analytics tools in Android and Wear OS environments. By using Samsung Health Stack, IT developers and engineers can save the time and costs needed to develop the right environment, and researchers can focus more on conducting research studies using new digital data. I believe such ease of development will be a great foundation for various forms of digital health research and new data-based technologies.
Q2. What was the focus of the open source when designing Samsung Health Stack?
We designed it by analyzing the user experience of everyone involved in health research so that the solution can accommodate the entire process of recruiting participants, collecting data and analyzing data. When there were problems in the course of development, we found solutions through healthcare-related collaboration with many research institutions.
In addition, we have made an effort to provide the structure that can be scaled to handle new forms of data and devices that are becoming the interest of digital health researchers. In particular, we designed the structure in such a way that only certain necessary parts can be selected and expanded for use to allow application in various cases beyond clinical research, such as the field of care, etc.
Q3. What do you think the development direction will be for data-based healthcare technologies?
With technological advances, including AI, and the transition to an aging society, consumer and data-centric digital technology is becoming increasingly important in healthcare. In order to respond to such changes, it is important to be able to securely manage and accurately analyze various data about users.
We believe that in the future there will be a world where everyone can receive optimal tailor-made care solutions with data about the daily lives of users. We will continue our efforts to develop technologies and products to make this possible, and we look forward to seeing many developers participate in this effort.
To create the best product experience, Samsung’s One UI platform provides a simple and intuitive interface for all its devices, putting the user at the center of the unified device experience. Content strategist Josh Ross of Samsung’s Core UX Group at MX Business shared the inspiration behind One UI and how it was created with users in mind.
Q1. What is One UI and what experiences does it offer users?
One UI is the unified platform for Samsung Galaxy products, from phones and tablets to watches and Galaxy Books. It creates a single, seamless experience that allows users to get the most out of their Samsung products.
Q2. To create an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for users, One UI adheres to four key principles: simplicity, effortlessness, consistency, and authenticity. Can you explain why these principles are important to the development of One UI and how you think it improves the mobile experience for users?
You need principles to make sure your design is moving in the right direction. We chose these four principles because they put the user first, which is what we always want to do. Simplicity helps users focus on what’s important. Effortlessness means you don’t have to struggle to get things done. Consistency means things work as you expect, which helps to make things effortless. And authenticity is about creating experiences that feel natural, as part of your own self-expression. When these principles come together, the result can be very powerful but also subtle. You don’t always notice all the work that goes into the design, and that’s actually a good thing. The best design is almost invisible.
Q3. Why are partnerships an essential part of One UI? What are the benefits of partnerships for One UI development?
Partnerships are a big part of the One UI experience. As good as Samsung is, we need the insight and expertise of others to give users the best experience. Partnerships enable apps like SmartThings and Samsung Wallet so you can do great things like control your car or your lights, make payments, board a plane, and more, right from One UI. Partnerships enrich our Samsung Health content with fitness expertise on everything from sleep coaching to body composition to mindfulness. Partnerships spice up your chats with Giphy and Tenor GIFs, stickers, fun camera features on Snapchat, and more. Partnerships such as the Global Goals app, a collaboration between Samsung and the UN, help to highlight important goals.
We want to empower our users to do things the way they want, with the apps and services they love. Partnerships are an important part of that.
Q4. What can users expect from Samsung’s One UI in the future?
We have a lot of things to announce at SDC this year, so I don’t want to give it all away, but you can always expect further refinement and improvement. We look at everything from icons and animations to how to organize and find things and much more. We’re learning more and more from our users about how the folding experience is changing things, so keep looking for exciting developments in unique features for the Galaxy Flip and Galaxy Fold.
Samsung has also partnered with HealthTap to offer telemedicine services through its Smart TVs. Samsung’s Tizen, an open-source operating system, helped developers optimize the service for use on Smart TVs. Sean Park, Senior Product Manager of Visual Display Business’s Experience Planning Group, explained more about accessing telemedicine through Samsung’s Smart TVs.
Q1. How did Tizen help develop this service?
Samsung Electronics’ Tizen smart operating system (OS) was the foundation for easy navigation on the big screen. Tizen can be deployed very quickly, as evidenced by what we have been able to achieve in three months.
Q2. What are the benefits of access? telemedicine services through Samsung Smart TVs?
Everything has gone remotely these days. We want to provide Samsung users with an easier way to access medical care, which is telemedicine.
Samsung’s partnership with HealthTap allows you to watch a doctor from the comfort of your home through a large screen, creating a more immersive telehealth experience. If you want access to services including mental health counseling, you can do so with Samsung Smart TVs. For those who are a bit older and whose vision makes it difficult to use a small mobile screen, or for those who need to hold small children while consulting a doctor, they can easily access telehealth services through Samsung Smart TVs. We want everyone to be able to see a doctor easily from home, which we believe is not only convenient but also necessary.
Ultra-broadband technology (UWB) has been gaining more and more attention in the smart device sector of late. Chief Engineer Haeyoung Jun of Samsung Research’s Standards Research Team spoke about the importance of standardization of UWB and how it can shape the future of the industry.
Q1. What is the role of the FiRa consortium that Samsung Electronics established in 2019 with key players in the sector, and what specific activities does it do?
The FiRa Consortium is developing the interoperability standard and certification program to enable consumers to use services powered by Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology in smart devices on devices from different manufacturers.
After the FiRa Consortium was initially founded by only a few companies, including Samsung Electronics, there are now more than 115 member companies that jointly define the interoperability standard. Furthermore, FiRa investigates various applications that use UWB and collaborates with multiple standard organizations in different vertical sectors for the standardization of these applications.
Q2. We would like to know why UWB technology is gaining popularity again lately and how it is moving forward.
As many service providers and manufacturers explore use cases using relative location information obtained through direct communication between devices without heavy infrastructures, the barrier to deploying UWB technology and applications has been lowered. Together with Samsung Electronics, international companies are also implementing UWB in their devices. As the number of UWB products on the market increases, there will also be a motivation to install UWB infrastructures as well. We expect that if only one or two breakthrough UWB applications come to market, the UWB ecosystem will grow rapidly.
Q3. We would like to know what the new era of wireless communication, as envisioned by standardization of UWB technology, would look like in detail.
UWB technology allows your own devices to detect the location, including distance and direction, of other nearby UWB devices. It also enables secure data transactions between devices as well as secure internal interfaces, which is why UWB can provide different kinds of location-based services that GPS cannot. For example, UWB brings the same effect as NFC tagging to a reader, even when the smartphone is placed in a pocket or purse. With the standardized UWB technology, consumers have access to new useful services in multiple industries.