New T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 Update Limits Battery To 60%


You may not be able to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 anymore, but that does not mean that the whole Galaxy Note 7 issue is over. In fact, it is far from being over. While Samsung has yet to finish the recall, the actual understanding of what went wrong, has also yet to be established. While the recall (technically, the second recall) did look to bring about an end to the problem, it has inadvertently caused a new one. One were consumers who had bought the Galaxy Note 7 seem to be less inclined to return the unit, with some owners still making the choice to hold on to their devices.

Of course, in the grand scheme of things, the number of those still holding on to the Galaxy Note 7 is relative small, with recent suggestions being that about 80-percent of units sold have now been returned. However, as this recall revolved around a public safety issue, having any number of Galaxy Note 7s remaining in circulation at all, is an issue for Samsung. As such, Samsung has been undertaking various measures to try and further help encourage Galaxy Note 7 owners to return their devices.

One of those measures is limiting the battery charge ability of the smartphone. This started in certain areas and meant that Galaxy Note 7s were limited to a charge of about 60-percent, via forced OTA updates. The latest of which now seems to be coming from T-Mobile. The uncarrier has posted a new update announcement on its support site for the Galaxy Note 7. As per the details of the chaneglog, this update will result in the battery charge limit being dropped to 60-percent. In addition, the changelog also notes that the battery indicator color will change to grey and pop-up warnings (advising the owner to return the device) will become more frequent. According to the details, the update is due to begin rolling out tomorrow, November 5, and will come in the form of version N930TUVU2APK1. If you do happen to still own a Galaxy Note 7 from T-Mobile, then you should expect to see the update rolling out to your device from tomorrow. Although, you should really be returning the device.

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