Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S21 phones last week, but that wasn’t all the company was talking about. It has also been announced that Samsung’s SmartThings device controls will soon be available via Android Auto, and now the functionality is working.

Integration with Android Auto seems to require SmartThings v1

.7.59.23, which is still available in the Play Store. If you don’t already have it (as I didn’t have it), you can get it from APKMirror. Once you have the latest version, the Android Auto tab will appear in the app settings.

From there, you can choose which smart home devices to display in the automatic control panel, up to a maximum of six devices. You can also choose to receive automatic stage notifications when you approach your home so you can turn on all your home lights before you leave your car.

The Auto interface is extremely simple: you get a switch for each device, plus a settings button at the top for changing notifications. I don’t have devices connected to SmartThings with variable controls (such as dimmer lights), so I couldn’t test if more advanced controls are supported.

SmartThings already works in Android Auto by linking your SmartThings account to Google Assistant, but it’s good that touch controls and scene notifications are now available.

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Android Auto - Google Maps, Media & Messaging
Android Auto - Google Maps, Media & Messaging