Samsung limits Galaxy Note 7 charging in US with software for recall holdouts

Samsung has gathered 85 percent of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 handsets across the US. The remaining will be limited through a software update.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor
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Samsung on November 4 said nearly 85 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 handsets in the US have been replaced, and those remaining will have their batteries limited through a software update.

The software update will be released in the coming days and will limit the phone's ability to charge beyond 60 percent, Samsung said.

In hopes of annoying the user even further, Samsung will issue a reminder pop-up notification every time a consumer charges, reboots, or turns on the screen of their Note 7 device.

Efforts to limit Galaxy Note 7 users comes after the battery inside of the handset exploded in several cases across the globe. It prompted a double recall, causing serious harm to Samsung's brand.

"We remain focused on collecting the outstanding Galaxy Note 7 phones in the market," the company said in a statement.

In New Zealand, Samsung partnered with carriers to limit network access for the recalled phones.

Samsung encourages Galaxy Note 7 owners to replace their handset through its exchange program.

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