SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Samsung plans to issue a software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery recharges to 60 percent.
The front page of the Seoul Shinmun, a South Korean newspaper, carried a Samsung Electronics advertisement on Tuesday announcing the software update for any users of the Note 7 who may be disregarding its recall notice and continuing to use the smartphone. “It is a measure to put consumer safety first but we apologize for causing inconvenience,” the advertisement said. The update for South Korean users will start Sept. 20, it said. South Korean media earlier reported the software update plan, citing Samsung. It was unclear when the update may be issued overseas and if it will be forced on existing Note 7 phones regardless of user consent.