Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of the Galaxy Upcycling at Home initiative, in which older smartphones of this brand can be adapted for use on the Internet of Things.
So far, two use cases have been prepared for smartphones. The device can send a notification to the user’s handset when it hears a knock on the door or a baby crying. The gadget can be used as a light sensor to control the light automatically. The smartphone and smart things should be connected to the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem.
The program supports only smartphones of the Galaxy S, Note, and Z series, released in 2019 and later, running on Android 9 or later. The company promises that the Galaxy Upcycling at Home is optimized for the long-term battery life of the phone.
The beta version of the service works in the United States, Great Britain, and South Korea, and the program will be expanded to other countries later.