Samsung’s planning to release an even better Galaxy Note phone this year after the Galaxy Note 7 (pictured) literally flamed out.
The last remaining Galaxy Note 7 phones that haven’t been returned will finally be put out of their misery.
Samsung’s planning to issue a software update that’ll disable remaining Note 7 phones from charging at all, according to a report from Yonhap News Agency.
Samsung will reportedly push the update out later this month, and it will cripple the remaining 3-4 percent of Note 7 phones still in use worldwide, mostly in South Korea.
Earlier this year, Samsung said 97 percent of Note 7 devices had been recalled in the U.S. and 96 percent worldwide.
The drastic move to snuff out the remaining Note 7 phones shouldn’t come as a surprise. In December, Samsung partnered with U.S. carriers to release a software update that would not only disable the Note 7 from charging, but also prevent it from connecting to cellular networks.
Similar "bricking" software updates were rolled out in other regions last year, but many of them merely limited charging to 30 percent and didn’t fully disable the phones.
With the launch of the Galaxy S8 in a few days, Samsung is no doubt looking to literally wipe out any lingering Note 7’s and prevent any potential new explosions from dredging up bad memories.
But even with the S8 on the horizon, it’s unclear how well some Note 7 holdouts, like those banding together in private Facebook groups like the Note 7 Alliance, will take the news.
As far as we can tell, many Note 7 holdouts are still finding ways to hack their phones and circumvent the software updates that would have bricked them. Mashable has reached out to several members of the Note 7 Alliance who are resisting the updates to see if any of them are finally ready to throw in the towel and move on to Samsung’s new flagship. Why keep dragging this out?