Beleaguered Samsung to issue desperate kludge in attempt to contain the exploding phone crisis

“Samsung plans to issue a software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery recharges to under 60 percent,” Youkyung Lee reports for The Associated Press. “The update for South Korean users will start at 2 a.m. on Sept. 20, it said. South Korean media earlier reported the software upgrade plan, citing Samsung. It was not clear when the update may roll out overseas. The Yonhap news agency reported that Samsung is in talks with mobile carriers to carry out the same update plan to keep battery power at 60 percent or below at all times.”

MacDailyNews Take: Good luck with those carrier “talks.” Sheesh, Fragmandroidland. You’ve gotta love it!

“It has recalled 2.5 million of the devices after dozens of cases of them exploding or catching fire,” Lee reports. “Analysts said the update appears to be a last-ditch effort to contain the crisis. Samsung ‘has to contain the battery explosions but people are not returning the phone,’ said Peter Yu, an analyst at BNP Paribas. ‘It is taking a desperate measure.'”

“Keeping the battery level low could reduce the risk of overheating, but would be equivalent to getting a downgrade,” Lee reports. “Analysts said the recall may leave a larger impact on its brand than earlier estimated. Aviation regulators and airlines have deemed the Note 7 a flight hazard and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering an official product recall.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This dangerous POS should have already been officially recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other consumer product safety bodies the world over!

Imagine the headlines and the government action worldwide to protect consumers if this had been Apple instead of a South Korean dishwasher maker.

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Samsung may be forced to recall Galaxy Note 7 over exploding batteries – September 1, 2016
Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 shipments due to battery explosions – August 31, 2016
Ben Bajarin: ‘Samsung will be out of the smartphone business within five years’ – November 2, 2015
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Yet more proof that Android is for poor people – June 27, 2014
More proof that Android is for poor people – May 13, 2014
Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users – November 13, 2013
IDC data shows two thirds of Android’s 81% smartphone share are cheap junk phones – November 13, 2013
CIRP: Apple iPhone users are younger, richer, and better educated than those who settle for Samsung knockoff phones – August 19, 2013

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RBW” for the heads up.]


  1. What gets me is no one seems to be noticing the sales figures of this so-called flagship device. 2.5M units in over three weeks. WTF? Have Samsung been inflating their sales figures for their devices all along? Apple sells this amount of iPhone 7s in three minutes. Not three weeks.

  2. The market will take care of it.

    Just boarded a plane where they announced Note 7 devices would have to remain turned off and cannot be charged during flight. They also canot be checked in with luggage.

    How the airlines will enforce it is another story…

    1. This was posted on another blog:

      “I was flying a redeye early Sunday morning out of Seattle. At the gate the airline representative announced that people should not turn on or plug in their Samsung Galaxy 7 Notes. Then she went on to say “Better yet, leave them in the trash can, ’cause we don’t want them on our plane”!”

      Can you imagine the face on the sorry schmuck who owns one of these mini bombs? I guarantee that anyone with a device that says Samsung on it will get the evil eye on flights. “Yes, I would like to relocate my seat away from this bomb holder. Thanks.”

  3. Something doesn’t add up here.

    Last week the issue was identified as a hardware manufacturing fault where in rare cases the anode comes in contact with the cathode causing an electrical short and overheating the battery.

    How is a software update meant to fix that?

    I think Samsung is covering up a potential problem with their whole Note 7 line and maybe other Galaxy products.
    I think Samsung might have discovered that this whole fast battery charging thing was a bad idea.
    Endless fast cycle charging must really stress the battery. Why else would they limit the charge to 60%?

    At least Samsung marketing can now advertise that the Note 7 can now charge 167% quicker!

    Although I suspect the charge time is still the same. Samsung are desperate not to stress the battery.
    Samsung are learning a lesson that Apple learned a long time ago. If the battery is not replaceable, then chargers and charging algorithms have to be rock solid, close to 100% reliable as humanly possible and that means conservative battery management.

    1. Interesting points. Something else to consider: previous Samsung devices did catch on fire, but these issues were kept quiet because Samsung would not honor the warranty and/or replace the device if the customer publicly talked about it. I don’t believe those past devices exploded. Maybe there are similar catching on fire issues with these newer devices, but having less bezels or less structure is causing them to explode in some cases.

  4. People lets not stay in the assumption that our democratic government loves its people. You can see their reaction with Apple, their own home grown American Company. Apple has become a power house and they see that as a threat.

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