Samsung: Only 25% of Note 7 Devices Exchanged so Far, 500,000+ New Units Available Tomorrow in the US

Samsung updated press today on the status of the Galaxy Note 7 recall and exchange program, announcing that over 500,000 new replacement devices are in the US and on their way to carrier partners. They also reminded us that a software update to make you feel warm and cozy about your new phone is rolling out, but you already knew that(more…)

Samsung Pay V2.3 Update Adds Iris Scanning, Card Restoring

Samsung Pay v2.3 is available for download on your compatible Galaxy devices.

In the update, Samsung says that the mobile payment system now supports “more of your favorite gift cards” and membership cards, restores those cards when you sign back in to Samsung Pay, and supports “iris based authentication” on supported phones. There is a single phone with an iris scanner at the moment, the Galaxy Note 7, so should you find yourself in the possession of the non-exploding variety, give the iris scanning a go!  (more…)

Verizon Pushes Battery Indicator Update to Galaxy Note 7, Also Adds Warning to Unsafe Models

Whether you own a new, safe Galaxy Note 7 or are holding onto the bomb-in-waiting version that was recalled, Verizon has an update for you this morning as software version VRS2APHE. The update serves two purposes, really, to turn the battery indicator green if you have a safe phone or to splash warnings all over the phone should you have a potentially unsafe version.  (more…)

How to Tell if Your New Galaxy Note 7 is Safe

New Galaxy Note 7 stock, without the exploding battery feature, will arrive no later than September 21, according to Samsung. Because Samsung attached that “no later than” part to their re-stock announcement last week, there is a good chance that your carrier or retailer of choice already has exchange devices available. And because they do, that also means you might have a new Note 7 to pickup (at least one of our readers picked one up Saturday) and are probably wondering how you can tell if this new Note 7 in your pocket is safe or not. Samsung provided official details on all of that this morning.  (more…)

FYI: Safe Galaxy Note 7 Devices Will Have Green Battery Indicator Instead of White

Yesterday afternoon, Samsung and the CPSC announced new details for the Galaxy Note 7 recall, making it much more official, but also providing an IMEI checker to see if your phone was at risk and a date for when customers can expect new, safe Note 7s. If an IMEI checker sounds like a pain, you should also know that in new Note 7s, Samsung will change the battery indicator to green to let you know that it is from the new batch, according to ZDNet(more…)

Official Galaxy Note 7 Recall With CPSC Kicks Off: IMEI Checker and Number of Incidents Released, New Stock Expected by September 21

As Galaxy Note 7 devices began to explode on customers a couple of weeks back, Samsung attempted to get out in front of the problem before it became a huge problem by issuing a voluntary recall and exchange program. But as the number of reports of exploding phones began to pick up, agencies like the FAA issued warnings for use during flights and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) considered getting involved. Today, the CPSC is officially involved and working with Samsung on the recall. We also now know when Samsung plans to have the phone back on shelves.  (more…)