Samsung recently has launched a new software update that will allow its users and consumers to convert their older version of Galaxy smartphones to various types of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This feature will be available for all Galaxy S, Note, and Z smartphones released from 2018 onwards and have Android 9 and above operating systems. The company has stated that more devices will be supported under this program in the future.
This program is known as 'Galaxy Upcycling at Home', and it is aimed at giving new life to older devices. Currently, in beta, Galaxy Upcycling at Home will be available in South Korea, the US, and the UK first, reports ZDNet. The company further said that it would research the usage in three countries and support the technical verification process, and then provide the service to additional countries later.
The users can use the SmartThings Labs feature on their already existing app to choose how they want to convert or use these older devices. The devices can be turned into smart home devices like a pet care solution, home care solution, light sensor, and many more. The older devices can also be converted into TV remotes to turn on or off the TV and manage channels in the preset standard.