At this point I think it's safe to say that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the most embarrassing failure in the history of Android hardware. A spate of statistically high battery fires caused a worldwide recall of millions of Note 7 units, followed by multiple reports of explosions from the allegedly "fixed" replacement phones. American carriers T-Mobile and AT&T are no longer selling the device, all four major carriers are accepting unconditional exchanges, and we at Android Police are officially recommending that consumers not buy the phone for now. It's an unmitigated disaster for Samsung.
After weeks of bad news after bad news, Samsung may finally be throwing in the towel. South Korean news agency Yonhap is reporting early Monday morning local time that Samsung is halting production of the Note 7, its flagship mobile device. The halt is apparently temporary. Samsung has declined to comment on the story when asked by international news agencies.
Though production of the Galaxy Note 7 could resume, presumably after some major engineering changes, it seems at least as likely that Samsung may have to cut its losses. The company has taken a huge hit to its reputation, to say nothing of the possibility of repercussions from civil lawsuits or even government safety organizations. Even without its flagship product Samsung remains the largest producer of Android devices - and mobile hardware in general - by a huge margin. Samsung's next actions will almost certainly be made with an eye towards holding on to that dominant position.
This story will be updated with statements from Samsung if they are forthcoming.
Samsung has instructed current owners of all Galaxy Note 7 models, including replacements, to power down their phones. The company and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission are currently investigating the latest fires.
- Yonhap News Agency