Samsung To Cripple Galaxy Note 7 With OTA Update

Posted: Sep 14 2016, 2:14am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Samsung to Cripple Galaxy Note 7 with OTA Update
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To prevent further Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions Samsung will release a software update that limits the battery charge.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall saga continues. Samsung will limit the Galaxy Note 7 battery to be charged to only 60% of its capacity. An over-the-air (OTA) update will bring this change starting on September 20th in South Korea.

With this OTA update, owners of the Galaxy Note 7 will be prevented from fully charging their devices. The measure is aimed at preventing the Note 7 battery from overheating. This move is an active measure to get Note 7 owners to replace their device with a new one. Samsung has already advised to not use their Note7 at all anymore and keep it powered off.

When this Galaxy Note 7 update will be available in the US is not clear.

Things started to get a bit more murky for Samsung with new reports about Galaxy S7 smartphones exploding. If the battery problem turns out to be systemic problem of the Galaxy S7 as well, than Samsung got a gigantic problem. So far the reports of exploding Galaxy S7 is incidental. It is strange that they happen now and not when the S7 got released. The incidents might just get more attention because of the Note 7 recall.

The replacement Note 7 devices have now to first pass government safety checks in the US before they can be handed out to customers who still want one. There is no date yet when the new Note 7 with safe batteries will be available in the United States.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall affects 2.5 million devices. 1.5m of them are in customers hands. Experts estimate that the Note 7 recall will cost Samsung $1 billion. Apple is seen benefiting from the Galaxy Note 7 recall with the perfect timing of the iPhone 7 release.

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