Samsung to disable remaining Note 7s via software update

first_imgSamsung Electronics on Friday announced  that  it will release a software update for the remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during  mid-December in the United States. The update will prevent the smartphones from charging and functioning as mobile phones, making  them useless.Samsung said that more than 93 per cent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices had been returned as a part of its exchange program in the United States.  However, Verizon Communications Inc said it would not take part in the update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note7 users that do not have another device to switch to.The US Transportation Department and other agencies in October ordered Galaxy Note 7 owners from carrying the devices or stowing them in checked baggage during flights following reports of fires in replacement Note 7 devices.Also Read: Note 7 is history, Samsung to launch Galaxy S8 on Feb 26 Samsung globally recalled nearly 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets after reports of its  lithium-ion battery explosion started coming up. Company launched the Galaxy Note 7 on August 11 at Rs 59,900.  The buyers had to face the first setback when the company started sending out mails to those who had pre-booked for the device, apologising for the delay.The first report of Note 7 explosion was reported in South Korea. The company in  September announced the global recall, citing faulty batteries. Later US Federal Aviation banned the passengers from carrying Note 7 during flights. The company has suffered a loss of nearly Rs 6,500 crores.However, Note 7 is history now as the company is all set to launch its latest smartphone Galaxy S8. Reportedly, the company will unveil the new device at at its next Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona, ahead of MWC.advertisementRumours suggest that the upcoming smartphone will sport a bezel-less screen with no physical home button. Also the phone would likely come with a fingerprint sensing display and dual cameras on the rear.Also Read: How Note 7 exploded: Full timeline of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debaclelast_img read more