In order to stop its Galaxy Note 7 phones from exploding, Samsung is allegedly readying a software update that will cap battery capacity at 60%.
Today's news broke in a South Korean newspaper where Samsung took out an ad to announce the upcoming software update, according to the Associated Press. By limiting the battery capacity of recalled Note 7, Samsung hopes to reduce the chance of explosions due to overheating. This isn't a guarantee that the phone won't explode, and will serve more as a reminder for owners to exchange their phones.
"It is a measure to put consumer safety first but we apologize for causing inconvenience," reads the ad. Samsung plans to start rolling out the update in Korea on September 20. There's currently no information about if the update will roll out globally. We've reached out to Samsung for comment and will update this post when we hear back.
Yonhap News Agency reports that Samsung is in talks with mobile carriers to deliver the battery-capping update to protect users while its massive recall gets underway.
The recall is so massive that it will cost Samsung an estimated $1 billion to replace all affected Galaxy Note 7 phones and to compensate its customers. The Note 7 recalls have sent Samsung shares tumbling as Apple celebrates the launch of its iPhone 7.