OREANDA-NEWS. Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of the Galaxy Upcycling at Home initiative, in which the brand's older smartphones can be adapted for use of things on the Internet.

So far, two use cases have been prepared for old smartphones. For example, the device can send a notification to the user's handset when it hears a knock on the door or a crying baby. The gadget can be used as a light sensor to automatically control light. Smartphone and smart things need to be connected to the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem.

The program only supports smartphones of the Galaxy S, Note and Z series released in 2019 and later, running on Android 9 or later. The company promises that Galaxy Upcycling at Home is optimized for long-term phone battery life.

The beta version of the service works in the USA, Great Britain and South Korea, later the program will be expanded to other countries.

Previously, Samsung was recognized as the most popular smartphone manufacturer at the beginning of this year. According to the results of the first quarter of 2021, Samsung managed to deliver the most smartphones. Researchers from Strategy Analytics shared their calculations. In the first 3 months, Samsung shipped 77 million handsets, accounting for 23 percent of the market. The second place was taken by Apple (57 million and 17 percent), the third - by Xiaomi (59 million and 11 percent).