iFixit tells the sad story of how Samsung “ruined” its upcycling program

Enlarge / iFixit appears in Samsung’s original upcycling video. (credit: Samsung)
Lost in the hubbub of Google I/O last week was this blog post from Kevin Purdy of iFixit, which tells the inside story of how Samsung announced a “revolutionary” upcycling program in 2017, delayed it for years, and eventually gutted it before shipping a pale imitation of the original idea. iFixit was actually involved in the initial 2017 announcement, and the repair outfit says that after endorsing the original idea with its brand and stamp of approval, Samsung never delivered on its promises.
Despite the 2017 announcement of an upcycling program, the code didn’t ship until April 2021, when Samsung finally launched a beta version of “Galaxy Upcycling at Home.” This program lets users turn end-of-life Samsung phones into smart home sensors that could be paired with Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem. In our launch coverage of Galaxy Upcycling at Home, we

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