Samsung will turn them into smart home sensors and gadgets.
Fortunately, instead of throwing them in the trash can, it is better to throw them away to dispose of old smartphones. This practice is becoming more and more common, but in fact this is not enough to solve the environmental threat they pose. Samsung relaunched a program called “Upcycling at Home” in January this year to give owners of old equipment the opportunity to recycle them instead of throwing them away or discarding them.
Samsung mainly transforms old smartphones into smart home products, thanks to Samsung’s smart sensors, they can be used for a variety of purposes, such as light sensors to turn on lights, security cameras or baby monitors . . The new system software will be delivered to smartphones through the SmartThings application.
Alternative recycling programs were launched for the first time in South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom, and currently only run 2018 and newer Galaxy S, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Z models running at least Android 9 Pie. This is a problem, because manufacturers currently sell most of the entry-level and mid-range phones, so the recycling of almost useless phones for several years will become the top priority in the second-hand market. Nevertheless, the initiative is good, and other manufacturers can follow suit.
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