Samsung to finally pull the plug on remaining Galaxy Note 7 units

In a final effort to kill the Note 7, Samsung is releasing a compulsory software update to disable the device's battery.


The Galaxy Note 7 was probably the best Android smartphone for 2016. Unfortunately a bad battery implementation lead to the fall of the smartphone within a couple of months of its launch. A large number of units reportedly exploded and some caught fire causing damage and injury to users. Even some replacement units turned out to be faulty.

Samsung had no option but to announce a global recall of the smartphone. It even sent fire-safe boxes to consumers asking them to return the device as soon as possible. It has been five months now and the company claims that almost all the units have be recovered. This means that there are still a few units out there owned by fans, or maybe just a few ignorant folk.

The company had said that 97 percent of all Note 7 phones have been recovered. Samsung sold about 1 million handsets before the recall order, which means some thousands of units are still out there.

Samsung will finally pull the plug on all the remaining Note 7 units as South Korean news site Yonhap News has reported that Samsung is planning to release a forced software update that will completely disable any remaining Galaxy Note 7 device's ability to hold a charge.

This essentially means that the phone will only power up when it is plugged in. This is not the first update as Samsung had released similar updates in the past so that the owners could not use the handset.


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