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How to Find Out If Your Galaxy Note 7 Has a Safe Battery

Image: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo
Image: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo

Samsung’s recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is in full gear, with fixed units expected in stores no later than Sept. 21. Now, Samsung has detailed what it’s doing to let owners know whether or not their new Note 7 is safe.

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First, the company is putting a square symbol on the packaging for the phones themselves. If you see a black square near the bar code, your phone will probably not explode.

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Image: Samsung
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Samsung is also making some software changes to the battery indicator on the fixed Note 7 devices. There is now a green battery icon in three places in the software.

Samsung’s press release reads:

The new green battery icon will be visible on: 1) the Status Bar; 2) the Always On Display screen; and 3) the Power Off prompt screen, which can be accessed by long-pressing the power key.

They look like this:

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Image: Samsung
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Sources close to Samsung tell Gizmodo that the company will continue to send out alerts to current Note 7 owners, encouraging them to replace or exchange for a different device.

[Samsung]

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Christina is a senior writer at Gizmodo.

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DISCUSSION

I don’t get it... are they updating software on existing Note 7's to indicate their device is ok and doesn’t need to be exchanged? If not, what is the point in the software changes if all the exchanged devices have acceptable batteries and don’t need the software indicators?