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Samsung Is Killing the Galaxy Note 7, Literally

Dave Parrack 09-12-2016

Samsung is executing its final solution to bring the saga of the Galaxy Note 7 to an end. The plan is to kill all of the Galaxy Note 7 devices remaining in the wild on December 19th, and all that’s required to make that happen is a simple software update.


The Galaxy Note 7 was released on August 19. By September, Samsung had recalled the first batch of handsets after dozens overheated. The Galaxy Note 7 handsets that had been handed out as replacements to the first batch were then found to have the exact same problem. So Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Kills the Galaxy Note 7, Because Boom! If you're currently in possession of a Galaxy Note 7, then you may soon be holding a very rare item in your hands. This is because Samsung could be planning to kill it off entirely. Read More , and asked owners to return their handsets for a refund or a replacement Dump Your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for Something Less Dangerous All four major US carriers are now letting their customers dump the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Customers can exchange their device for a less dangerous alternative. Read More .

According to Samsung, 93 percent of Galaxy Note 7 owners in the U.S. complied with the recall. However, while 93 percent is an impressive figure, it means there are still over 100,000 devices unaccounted for. And Samsung cannot simply sit back and wait for them to explode in people’s faces Why the Heck Were Samsung's Batteries Exploding Anyway? Over 30 different Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones exploded. Why was it happening? And do you have anything to worry about with your own phone? Here's everything you need to know. Read More .

So, to bring this whole sorry saga to an end once and for all, Samsung is bricking the Galaxy Note 7 devices still in use in the United States. It will accomplish this by issuing a software update on December 19. This update will “prevent Galaxy Note 7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices”.

Samsung Ends 2016 With A Mass Culling

Verizon is refusing to issue the update over the holidays, telling Engadget it doesn’t think it’s fair to “make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.” So anyone still using a Verizon Galaxy Note 7 has at least secured a stay of execution until after the new year. Everyone else should prepare for the end.

This is a bold move from Samsung, and one which is sure to annoy the thousands of Galaxy Note 7 owners determined to hold onto their devices Some Idiots Are Keeping Their Exploding Samsung Phones In case you missed the news, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead. And yet some Galaxy Note 7 owners are refusing to give up on their favorite smartphone. Idiots. Read More The problem is Samsung needs to move on from this in the hopes that its Galaxy Note 7 problem hasn’t killed consumer confidence in the brand.


All the while there are Galaxy Note 7 handsets out in the wild there’s always a risk of one overheating and further harming the company’s good name. After all, some Samsung washing machines have been found to be faulty Samsung Recalls Millions of Exploding Washing Machines Samsung is being forced to recall 2.8 million of its washing machines due to the possibility of them shaking themselves apart. Or, to put it another way, exploding. Sound familiar? Read More as well, so 2016 hasn’t exactly been a good year for the South Korean company.

Do you still own a Galaxy Note 7? If so, how do you feel about Samsung issuing an update designed to kill it? Will you now be seeking a replacement or refund? Has this affected your faith in Brand Samsung? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Chinmay
    December 16, 2016 at 6:06 am

    lol as if Samsung knows how to release software updates. What a joke, my S4 - flagship of 2013 is stuck at Android Jellybean.

  2. Fik-of-Borg
    December 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Not a Note 7 owner myself, but I have been wondering this for a while:
    Would removing the battery render the device harmless or it has other explosive components inside?
    Of course it would prevent its use as a mobile device and definitively it would be a hack, but maybe it could be useful as a permanent GPS / dashcam / car phone, voice activated kitchen message center, guest room music player , digital photo fram or something.
    Not extremely useful but certainly better than being returned to be destroyed.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 13, 2016 at 12:48 am

      I have to assume removing the battery would render a Note 7 harmless, because you'd be removing the part that was overheating. But it would be better to return it for a full refund or replacement, I would think.

  3. Eric
    December 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Well first of all this is Bullshit. I had no issues with my Note 7 overheating , but due to all the bans on it on airlines, and transportation I gave it up. Samsung has yet to return my $$$. WTF>

    • Dave Parrack
      December 13, 2016 at 12:49 am

      It isn't bullshit. There's a risk your Note 7 will overheat. It may be a small risk, but it's a genuine risk nonetheless. If Samsung hasn't yet issued a refund then I'd chase up the money ASAP if I was you.

  4. Austin Brown
    December 10, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Buto what if you had installed a custom ROM on your device, such as the all-known CyanogenMod? Will the update still affect the device?

    • Dave Parrack
      December 13, 2016 at 12:51 am

      That's a good question, and I honestly don't know the answer. If you own a Note 7 with a custom ROM installed, do let us know what happens.

  5. Grant Fox
    December 9, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    I'm not a first adapter for this very reason. Sorry for the Galaxy Note 7 problems as I have Note 4 and would probably have gone to Note 7. I understand Samsung is moving on to produce Note 8. Hopefully this problem will be overcome and we will be able to migrate up and continue to have access to this incredibly wonderful product.

  6. peter gladue
    December 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    What happens if you happen to win one in a contest?
    Is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone safe?

    • Dave Parrack
      December 13, 2016 at 12:52 am

      The Galaxy S7 has no known overheating problem as far as I'm aware.