Apr 22, 2021

Samsung expands its Galaxy Upcycling program

Harry Menear
3 min
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The program will allow Samsung customers to convert their old smartphones into IoT-enabled smart home devices...

Samsung today launched an expanded beta version of its Galaxy Upcycling program, which allows Samsung customers to give their old smartphones a new lease on life as IoT-powered smart home sensors and devices.

On Earth Day of all days, it’s a welcome development. In an industry that pushes its customers to throw away their devices every one to two years in favour of newer-shinier gadgets - and contributes massively to the global accumulation of e-waste as a result - Samsung’s drive to find a place for defunct, but very much functional, smartphones may point the way forward for other operators looking to help their customers cut back on the amount of plastic, metal and glass headed for nearby landfills. 

“We created Galaxy Upcycling at Home to enable more people to repurpose their old devices into useful tools, allowing both Samsung and our users to be mindful of the impact we have on the environment,” said Sung-Koo Kim, VP of the Sustainability Management Office, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. 

Kim added: “We are rethinking how we use existing resources, and we believe the key to upcycling is to enable solutions that transform old technology into something new by adding value. We are committed to integrating sustainable practices into our day-to-day lives, and through Galaxy Upcycling at Home, users can join our journey toward a more sustainable future.”

The program also has the function of demonstrating and expanding the availability of Samsung’s smart home solutions - something it’s been pushing hard for a few years. 

The Galaxy Upcycling program was actually announced a few years ago, but the South Korean tech giant has been almost-completely silent on the project until this week.

The expanded functionality of the program now allows users to turn their old Samsung devices into sound and light sensors, which can then be linked to everything from light bulbs to a smart TV. 


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Using an AI-based solution, these devices will now be able to pick up specific sounds - like a baby crying or a dog barking - and send an alert to the user’s primary device. Simultaneously, the light level detection feature can, for example, tell when it gets dark outside and turn on the lights indoors. 


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Jaeyeon Jung, VP & Head of the SmartThings team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, commented: “The program transforms Galaxy devices into SmartThings devices and demonstrates the power of our intelligent IoT platform to broaden the possibilities of what users can do with their old phones. Through Galaxy Upcycling at Home, users will have access to the complete SmartThings ecosystem, enabling them to explore broader updates and features without having to purchase a new device.” 

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Jun 11, 2021

ZTE Corporation drives Cellcard’s 5G ambitions for Cambodia

Scott Birch
2 min
Cambodian telco Cellcard turns to ZTE Corporation as the trusted partner to deliver 5G ambitions and boost national economy

When Cambodia’s only locally-owned telco, Cellcard, recognised the opportunity to develop 5G for the nation, it turned to global connectivity leader ZTE Corporation.

Serving a quarter of the world’s population, ZTE Corporation has been dedicated to enabling connectivity and trust since 1985, offering end-to-end product lines and integrated solutions for the telecommunications industry.

With more than 10% of annual revenue invested into research and development centres in the United States, Sweden and China, ZTE Corporation prides itself on owning more than 38,000 patents.

Now, the company has its sights set on the future, specifically the global commercial deployment of 5G and the opportunities that it brings.

Cellcard’s CEO Ian Watson is determined the telco will be the first to achieve full 5G coverage in Cambodia – in part to take advantage of the esports opportunity.

“Sixty per cent of the Cambodian population is under 30,” Watson told Mobile Magazine. “So you have this segment that can drive a lot of revenue for telcos. We realised from the research and industry trends that esports was becoming a huge phenomenon in Cambodia. So we said, what can we do to bring this to the youth? And the answer is in the network: consistency, low latency. It’s not just about the price: it’s about the consistency, quality and everything else.”

Cellcard, part of the Royal Group of Companies, signed a deal with ZTE Corporation for the introduction of 5G and increase of 4G coverage and capacity across Cambodia at the end of 2020.

The agreement cemented plans for the rolling out of 5G as well as evolving its 4G LTE coverage and quality – a significant financial investment that will position Cambodia as one of the leading nations in the region for 5G adoption.

This transformation of the ICT sector will directly impact citizens’ lives through technologies such as IoT, Big Data, AI, and AR to help drive a strong Cambodian economy.


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