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Your Galaxy Note 7 will warn you if there’s a fire risk

Your Samsung Note 7 will alert you via a push notification if it is potentially dangerous, Samsung has announced.

Faulty Galaxy Note 7 handsets will repeatedly send push notifications to users if their handset is unsafe, warning that it should be replaced. Samsung announced that the notifications will come as part of a software update expected this week in the USA. The update will also cap the handset’s charge of 60%, to prevent risk of fire.

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The push notification will tell users that their safety is Samsung’s highest priority and that they should ‘power down and stop using this phone’ as the battery may ‘overheat posing a fire or burn risk’.

What’s more, the update will display a green battery icon at the top of the screen if it has a stable battery unit. This is a move that will bring the handsets in line with the 500,000 replacement models that Samsung has shipped over the last couple of weeks to users who had dangerous devices.

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In the USA, Verizon-branded models have received the upgrade while it’s expected to arrive on other carrier-exclusive models later today or sometime tomorrow.

The update follows a disastrous month for Samsung after over 70 of its newly released Note 7 devices caught fire while charging, prompting a global recall of the handsets.

Sales of the phone were immediately halted, wiping millions from Samsung’s market value and losing Samsung’s head start against its main competitor the iPhone 7.

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