At CES 2021, pulled a virtual bunny out of its hats with the statement of the Galaxy Upcycling project which aims to minimize environmental effect by retrofitting and recycling old Galaxy smartphones.
Samsungs upcycling effort could help in reducing waste and extend the lifecycle of smartphones, which have been reduced by marketing obsolescence and novelty blackmail/ © Samsung
The concept is to recycle– or rather upcycle your old smartphone so that you provide your old smartphone a 2nd shot at life with a totally brand name new functionality. What does Samsung mean by an old smartphone? What does Samsung imply by a Galaxy mobile phone? Will just high-end, Galaxy Z, note, and s Fold/Flip smart devices be suitable with the updates needed for upcycling? One final concern: do we require Samsung or another maker and particular upgrades to upcycle our old smart devices themselves?
The concept is to recycle– or rather upcycle your old smart device so that you offer your old smart device a 2nd chance at life with a totally brand new functionality. It is an even more interesting concept and, more notably, a great deal more appropriate to customers compared to the optional charger fad pioneered by Apple and in due time, was unfortunately followed by numerous other Android manufacturers. And from what we understand so far, Samsung is all set to follow the very same trend this year– at least with their flagships.
Samsung talked about the Galaxy Upcycling job back in 2017, without providing anything concrete. The “revival” of this effort at the start of CES 2021, offers a little bit more compound to this gorgeous pledge. We can see more plainly how Samsung wants to attain a genuinely total item lifecycle, combined with a better user experience.
The fundamental idea is to permit Samsung Galaxy smart device users to change an aging device into a linked item and incorporate it into a wise home ecosystem rather than reselling it, throwing it away, or just leaving it in a drawer to function as a worthless paperweight.
Transform your old Samsung mobile phones into a child screen or smart switch
To allow this upcycling effort to succeed, Samsung is preparing software updates that would permit owners to select what type of brand-new life that they would wish to designate to their old Galaxy mobile phone( s).
With these updates, several performances would be made available in order to make sure that your old gadget would be best fit to serving a specific brand-new function. The South Korean customer electronics huge provided several examples during its press conference at CES 2021, such as the possibility of turning its Samsung Galaxy smart device into a child display.
In that case, the smart device will be geared up with the capability to monitor the infants noises and detect whenever (s) he wakes up or sobs. You will then get a notice that is sent directly to your present smart device so you can ensure that everything is all right.
Another possible application revealed off by Samsung is changing a Galaxy mobile phone into a clever switch, permitting you to manage your connected lighting system appropriately, varying from the ambient brightness of your indoor and/or outside area to upstairs or even the basement. In principle, the effort is quite commendable and its tough to implicate Samsung of green-washing compared to the silly idea of selling battery chargers individually.
Lets come back to terra firma for a minute since we need to likewise question the feasibility and, above all, the profitability of such a job. What does Samsung mean by an old smartphone? A Galaxy S9 is still “brand-new” for numerous users, so they do not wish to eliminate it as a daily device, upcycling or not.
What does Samsung indicate by a Galaxy mobile phone? Will only high-end, Galaxy Z, note, and s Fold/Flip smartphones be suitable with the updates needed for upcycling? Or will the job be encompassed the mid-range models and the entry-level Galaxy A series?
Will Samsung ensure the compatibility of these upcycling features with an existing connected-home community? Or will the South Korean giant force upon use yet another proprietary and special solution? One last concern: do we require Samsung or another producer and specific upgrades to upcycle our old mobile phones themselves?
To make its job a relevant and “smooth” solution with the most affordable possible barriers to entry, Samsung needs to offer real value as an advanced combination of its mobile phones into an existing ecosystem. There needs to be inter-compatibility and interoperability in between the smart device(s) and any connected objects in the home that third-party applications dont already offer.
As is typically the case with CES announcements, were not exactly sure when Samsung will use these functions, however it guarantees to be an exciting flight ahead nevertheless. More exciting, anyway, than the optional full-featured chargers were being sold as an option to supposedly save the world and never ever, ever, ever to increase its margins at the expense of customers.