SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Samsung decided at the weekend to render a software update to stop the remaining Galaxy Note 7 phones from working for safety concerns.
The update will start on Dec. 19 to prevent batteries of Note 7 from charging and actually turn the electronic products into bricks.
According to Samsung, 93 percent of Note 7 owners have returned their devices in the United States because of fire catching and exploding accidents.
As the phone was banned globally by many airlines, Samsung even opened stalls at airports for Note 7 owners to return their phones and get refunds before boarding their flights.
However, the software upgrade will not be compulsory for each device. The phone users can choose not to update.
"We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device," said the company in a statement.