Samsung to limit battery charging on Galaxy Note 7 phones to prevent fires
by Jethro Mullen @CNNTech September 14, 2016: 5:11 AM ET
As it races to replace millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones around the world, Samsung has come up with a way to stop the devices from catching fire: update the software.
Samsung (SSNLF) said it's planning to roll out a fix next week for Note 7 phones in its home market of South Korea that will prevent the batteries from charging above 60% of their capacity.
"This plan is for the safety of the customers," the company said in a front-page ad in the newspaper Seoul Shinmun. It wasn't clear if or when the software update might be extended to other affected countries like the U.S.
Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone maker, is recalling 2.5 million Note 7 phones globally after dozens of users complained of the devices bursting into flames while charging.
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