As Samsung works to staunch the bleeding from the beating its hazardous Galaxy Note 7 phablets are taking, the company will issue a temporary solution for those holding onto the hot handset. That stop-gap? A software update that will limit battery charges to 60 percent, tipping the company's hand that some faulty batteries can't handle a complete recharge.
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This news comes from The Associated Press, which recently reported that South Korean newspaper Seoul Shinmun carried an ad from Samsung announcing the update. It's unclear if or when the update will reach devices in the U.S., but the ad said that the patch will roll out to South Korean users on Sept. 20.
Either way, publicly releasing this update should provide a solid incentive for Note 7 owners to participate in Samsung's recall and send their devices back for a replacement. In our full Note 7 review, Samsung's phone lasted 10 hours and 26 minutes on our battery test (web surfing over 4G LTE), but this update could limit the device to just under 6.5 hours. That's more than 2 hours less than the average for smartphones (8:52), and probably short enough to make users hand over the dangerous device.
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