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.
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.