Samsung will start rolling out a software update later this month to disable charging on all unreturned Galaxy Note 7 units in South Korea and a number of other regions.
After the upgrade starts rolling out, the only way customers will be able to use their device is by keeping it plugged into the wall, which should be enough to convince them to ship it back to Samsung.
This isn’t the first update of its kind
Last year, the firm teamed up with carriers in the United States to release an identical update and even went a step further in markets where the handset is still at large, by remotely shutting off its access to mobile networks.
Samsung has now confirmed the findings of an internal investigation into the Galaxy Note 7’s overheating issues — and it seems bad luck played an important part. The South Korean company discovered not one but two problems with the batteries it used. As many predicted, the problem was not caused by the Note 7 itself, Samsung says. […]