The idea is to recycle– or rather upcycle your old mobile phone so that you give your old mobile phone a second shot at life with a totally brand new performance. It is a far more interesting idea and, more importantly, a lot more relevant to customers compared to the optional battery charger trend pioneered by Apple and in due time, was unfortunately followed by numerous other Android manufacturers. And from what we understand up until now, Samsung is all set to follow the very same pattern this year– a minimum of with their flagships.
Samsung discussed the Galaxy Upcycling project back in 2017, without offering anything concrete. The “revival” of this effort at the beginning of CES 2021, offers a bit more compound to this gorgeous promise. We can see more plainly how Samsung desires to accomplish a truly complete item lifecycle, integrated with a better user experience.
The basic concept is to permit Samsung Galaxy smart device users to change an aging gadget into a connected object and incorporate it into a wise home community instead of reselling it, throwing it away, or just leaving it in a drawer to work as an useless paperweight.
At CES 2021, pulled a virtual bunny out of its hats with the statement of the Galaxy Upcycling project which aims to reduce environmental effect by retrofitting and reusing old Galaxy mobile phones.
The idea is to recycle– or rather upcycle your old smartphone so that you offer your old smartphone a second shot at life with an absolutely brand new functionality. What does Samsung mean by an old smartphone? What does Samsung imply by a Galaxy smart device? Will just high-end, Galaxy S, z, and note Fold/Flip smart devices be suitable with the updates needed for upcycling? One final question: do we need Samsung or another producer and specific upgrades to upcycle our old smartphones themselves?
But lets come back to terra firma for a moment because we must likewise question the expediency and, above all, the profitability of such a task. What does Samsung imply by an old smartphone? A Galaxy S9 is still “new” for many users, so they do not wish to get rid of it as an everyday device, upcycling or not.
What does Samsung imply by a Galaxy smartphone? Will just high-end, Galaxy Z, note, and s Fold/Flip smartphones work with the updates needed for upcycling? Or will the task be extended to the mid-range models and the entry-level Galaxy A series?
Will Samsung make sure the compatibility of these upcycling features with an existing connected-home ecosystem? Or will the South Korean giant force upon use yet another proprietary and special option? One last question: do we need Samsung or another manufacturer and particular upgrades to upcycle our old smartphones themselves?
To make its project a pertinent and “seamless” option with the most affordable possible barriers to entry, Samsung requires to offer real value as a sophisticated combination of its smartphones into an existing environment. There needs to be inter-compatibility and interoperability in between the smart device(s) and any connected things in the home that third-party applications do not currently offer.
As is typically the case with CES announcements, were unsure when Samsung will provide these functions, however it promises to be an amazing flight ahead nevertheless. More interesting, anyway, than the optional full-featured battery chargers were being sold as an option to allegedly conserve the planet and never, ever, ever to increase its margins at the expense of customers.
Samsungs upcycling effort could help lower waste and extend the lifecycle of mobile phones, which have been shortened by marketing obsolescence and novelty blackmail/ © Samsung
Transform your old Samsung mobile phones into a baby monitor or clever switch
To allow this upcycling effort to be successful, Samsung is planning software updates that would allow owners to choose what type of brand-new life that they would want to assign to their old Galaxy mobile phone( s).
With these updates, several functionalities would be made readily available in order to make sure that your old gadget would be best matched to serving a particular new function. The South Korean customer electronic devices giant supplied numerous examples during its interview at CES 2021, such as the possibility of turning its Samsung Galaxy smart device into a child monitor.
Because case, the smartphone will be geared up with the capability to keep an eye on the babys sounds and discover whenever (s) he gets up or cries. You will then get a notice that is sent out straight to your existing smart device so you can make sure that everything is all.
Another possible application flaunted by Samsung is changing a Galaxy mobile phone into a clever switch, allowing you to manage your connected lighting system accordingly, varying from the ambient brightness of your indoor and/or outside space to upstairs or perhaps the basement. In concept, the effort is rather good and its hard to accuse Samsung of green-washing compared to the silly concept of selling battery chargers separately.