Desperate times call for desperate measures, and while Samsung insists no potentially hazardous Galaxy Note 7 units will be remotely deactivated, some kind of a backup plan needs to be worked out to keep stubborn users from hurting themselves and those around them.
As BNP Paribas analyst Peter Yu recently told the Associated Press, Samsung “has to contain the battery explosions but people are not returning the phones.” Why? Misinformation, recklessness, or just good old fashioned laziness, you name it, and it probably applies in a vexing number of cases for thousands of ticking time bombs that can go off at any moment with absolutely no warning.
Well, there might be another way to prevent Galaxy Note 7 incidents from further spreading like wildfire (sorry, couldn’t help myself), since overheating is the first step towards utter phablet destruction, occasionally taking down cars or houses with it.
It won’t be pretty, and may actually represent a much-needed tipping point for early S Pen powerhouse adopters who insist there’s nothing wrong with their devices. Starting September 20, an OTA software update will apparently be issued in Korea to stop you from charging the Note 7 beyond 60 percent capacity, thus keeping the fickle cell (relatively) nice and cool at all times.
Unfortunately, the inconvenient but necessary update isn’t confirmed yet for a global rollout, and it’s also unclear if Samsung intends to push it to faulty products regardless of the owners’ accord.