NEW DELHI: Samsung Users can now use their old Galaxy smartphones. The consumer electronics giant has launched a new beta program that will allow Samsung users to use their old Galaxy smartphones as smart home sensors.
Users need to download a Software update that will turn your old smartphone into a smart home sensor. As a smart home sensor, the smartphone can detect a baby’s crying or switch on the lamp in the dark. Currently, the program is limited to a few select models launched from 2018.
Samsung announced this program at CES earlier this year and has now begun rolling out the program in the US, UK and Korea.
After downloading the software update via the SmartThings app, users can access two basic functions. First, the smartphone acts as an audio sensor and can detect the sound of a baby crying, a pet barking and knocking on the door. An alert will then be sent to your phone with a recording of the sound.
Second, it also acts as a light level sensor and automatically switches on a connected light when the rooms get dark.
Samsung also mentioned that the update comes with a battery optimization that will keep the phone powered and functional for a longer period of time.
The Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Z series smartphones introduced from 2018 are eligible for the program. The company also mentions that it will expand the devices it will support in the future.