Samsung to limit Note 7 batteries to 60 percent charge, via an OTA update

After numerous warnings by Airlines across the Globe asking users not to use/switch on/charge the Note 7 on flights, Samsung’s efforts to deal with its nightmare “Note 7” is taking a new turn now, but in a good way.

Samsung galaxy Note 7

Reuters reports that the South Korean electronics giant is prepping to release an OTA update for the phablet, which will limit the battery to a 60% charge.

This could be the remote solution  which many news outlets misinterpreted as “remote deactivation of Note 7 devices”.

By not allowing the phone to charge beyond the 60% mark (which is likely some sort of threshold), Samsung could reduce the risk of the device’s battery overheating, which in turn reduces the chance of damage to lives or property.

This is a smart move, but according to the statement, this software update looks like it might only be released in South Korea. Samsung sold around 2.5 million Note 7s around the World, it is not clear if the other demographics would get a similar update.

The battery limiting OTA update for the Note 7 will begin rolling out automatically on September 20th, at 2 a.m. local time on Sept. 20, a day after Samsung begins replacing existing Note 7s with safer devices, in its home Country.


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Ashwin Karthik
Originally a Business Grad, Ashwin is a natural at testing and reviewing apps & games for Windows and Android Apps, as well as flashing ROMs. A proud owner of a Redmi K20, he is also an avid gamer and loves playing on his Computer, PS4 & Nintendo consoles.

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