Samsung found a new identity for the old mobile phone

Samsung found a new identity for the old mobile phone

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Foreign media reported that as early as January, Samsung announced that it would provide system updates for old Galaxy phones so that users could use them as a “Galaxy Upcycling at Home” program for smart home devices. Specifically, the plan allows older devices to receive software updates through the SmartThings app and turn them into light sensors, baby monitors, cameras, or audio solutions.

Samsung found a new identity for the old mobile phone

It is understood that this project can currently be used in the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Korea. With this update, old Galaxy phones can be “transformed” into simple IoT devices. For example, these simple IoT devices provide enhanced sound and light control functions by using the built-in sensors of smartphones. Users can access these functions through SmartThings Labs through the SmartThings app. Or the light sensor of the device can also be used to measure the brightness of the room. If the room becomes darker than the set standard lighting, the user can set the device to automatically turn on the lights through SmartThings, etc.

Regarding the applicable range of devices, Samsung said that this feature is applicable to all Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Z models released and installed with Android 9 and higher in 2018. And said that support for more devices will be added in the future spark global limited.