Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Production Stopped Permanently; Will Google Take Over?
Samsung has finally decided to permanently stop production of Galaxy Note 7 after several incidents that the device is linked to battery explosion, details BBC News. Owners who have bought the phone from the South Korean company can return their unit for an exchange of another Samsung phone or simply get a refund.
In the Samsung Newsroom, the company said that they are investigating the reported cases because the safety of their customers is their top priority. Until the investigation is over, the giant tech asked all retail partners and carrier to stop the sales and exchange of Galaxy Note 7. For customers who refuse to turn over their devices, Samsung is asking them to turn off their units.
Before Samsung finally decided to permanently stop production of Galaxy Note 7, it first recalled 2.5 units of the device. However, even the replaced units were reported to have exploding batteries. On Monday evening, a spokesperson of Samsung said that replacement devices were safe to use; but on Tuesday morning, the company announced that it will halt production.
With Samsung abandoning the Galaxy Note 7, Google is bound to take over the Android market. Pixel was heavily marketed as "made by Google," leveraging on the popularity of the search engine. It also has an AI assistant and high-end camera that surely will appeal to the younger generation. However, the cost is relatively high which might be affordable for everyone.
Google's Pixel carrier options are also limited according to Engadget. Users need to pay upfront or buy directly from a Google store unless they are on subscription with Verizon. This is on top of the monthly subscription plan users have to pay. Experts believe that if Google can make Pixel more affordable and accessible, then it could easily take over the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.