Samsung update will brick remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices

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Galaxy Note 7 water wet
The Note 7 is all washed up.
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Galaxy Note 7 owners who refuse to give up their explosive device will soon have no choice but to use a different phone.

Samsung revealed today that it plans to release a software update later this month that will brick all Galaxy Note 7 units not returned during its recall.

In a statement released by the company, Samsung says that 93% of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices have returned. But to make sure the last remaining devices don’t harm anyone, the company will publish a software update to that will make the Note 7 unuseable.

To further increase participation, a software update will be released starting on December 19th that will prevent U.S. Galaxy Note7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices.

Note 7 fiasco

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 in August 2016. With its large screen, waterproof design, and special stylus, Samsung had hoped it would be a strong rival to the iPhone 7 Plus. Initial reviews for the device were positive, but after a number of customers reported that their devices exploded, Samsung issued a global recall.

Galaxy Note 7 owners can still return their device and get a refund or exchange it for another Samsung phone. Samsung recommends all Note 7 devices be powered down immediately and then contact your carrier for the recall.