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Samsung Gives Old Galaxy Phones New Life

It might be worth hanging on to your old Samsung phones after you update to a newer model, with the company launching an initiative to transform them into smart home devices.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Upcycling at Home program allows users of Galaxy S, Z, and Note devices released since 2018 – the S9, Note9, or later – to be reused as smart home devices following a software update.

The beta uses enhanced sound- and light-control features, coupled with battery optimisation, to enable the phone to serve as a pet or baby monitor or to turn off the lights in a room if the light drops below a preset level, among other functions.

According to Jaeyeon Jung, VP & Head of the SmartThings team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, unused Galaxy devices could play an important role in “turning every home into a smart home”.

“The program transforms Galaxy devices into SmartThings devices and demonstrates the power of our intelligent IoT platform to broaden the possibilities of what users can do with their old phones.

“Through Galaxy Upcycling at Home, users will have access to the complete SmartThings ecosystem, enabling them to explore broader updates and features without having to purchase a new device,” she said.

Samsung is spruiking the initiative as a win for sustainability, with Sung-Koo Kim, VP of the Sustainability Management Office, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, saying it will let customers repurpose their old devices into useful tools.

“We are rethinking how we use existing resources, and we believe the key to upcycling is to enable solutions that transform old technology into something new by adding value.

“We are committed to integrating sustainable practices into our day-to-day lives, and through Galaxy Upcycling at Home, users can join our journey toward a more sustainable future,” said Kim.

The beta is available in the US, UK, and Korea through the SmartThings Labs feature in Samsung’s SmartThings app.

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