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Oculus removes support for Note 7 as Samsung permanently ends production of handset

By midian182 ยท 9 replies
Oct 11, 2016
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  1. The Galaxy Note 7 saga appears to have reached its inevitable conclusion. After yesterday’s report that Samsung was “temporarily pausing” production of the smartphone while it investigated why replacement handsets were still catching fire, the company has now announced it has permanently stopped selling and manufacturing the device.

    "We recently readjusted the production volume for thorough investigation and quality control, but putting consumer safety as top priority, we have reached a final decision to halt production of Galaxy Note 7s," the company said.

    The news signals the death of the flagship smartphone that had initially received glowing reviews. Even if Samsung had managed to fix the overheating battery problem and offered to replace the replacements, you have to wonder how many consumers would trust using one of the handsets.

    Samsung has urged anyone who has a Note 7 to power it down and return the phone to wherever they purchased it, where they can exchange them for a different handset, either from Samsung or a different manufacturer.

    The fallout from the news is being felt everywhere. Facebook-owned Oculus has issued an update for its Galaxy-powered VR headset that removes support for the Note 7. The company is naturally worried about the dangers of having a potentially explosive device sat one inch from users’ eyes.

    As for Samsung, it’s predicted that the Note 7 debacle will cost it around 19 million lost unit sales, or around $17 billion dollars. The firm’s shares fell 8 percent today, the biggest daily percentage decline since 2008, wiping $18.8 billion off Samsung’s market value.

    Rubbing salt in the wound is the fact that Apple’s shares have increased 1.9 percent – the highest this year - on the back of its rival’s misfortunes.

    A company as large as Samsung, which has many different business units and products, won’t be brought to its knees by the Note 7 saga, but it will take a long time to recuperate and regain the public’s trust. With the Galaxy S8 reportedly set to be unveiled at next year’s MWC, we’ll find out then if the current fiasco has a long term effect on the popularity of Samsung’s smartphones.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    The largest impact will probably be on the note series aficionados which is a niche segment. I doubt Galaxy S, A or J consumers, who are far more plentiful, will pay very much attention to this fiasco just as long as it doesn't afflict future devices.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,363   +2,870

  4. Spence1115

    Spence1115 TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +46

    The general public will just remember "Samsung phones explode".
    Reehahs, gibbstar and jauffins like this.
  5. jauffins

    jauffins TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +24

    I imagine for much of the general public, primarily those less knowledgeable about technology in general, all they will know is "those Samsung Galaxy phones are catching on fire." That's pretty bad.
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,294   +1,748

    Let's see if other manufacturers get a boost in sales from this.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Yeah, you have a point. I should've realised that. My bad. I forgot some people don't have the vaguest idea about tech, in fact I've even heard some iSheep calling an old Nokia 3330 an iPhone. Go figure.
  8. Whitefyre

    Whitefyre TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +11

    It is sad because I have a note7 and it does not overheat or exploded yet
    it is a good phone regardless
    but remember iphone 7s have also blown up and some 6 versions as of lately

    so will see what I will go for as a replacement
    Reehahs likes this.
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,294   +1,748

    there are plenty of good android phones on the market now and many more to come soon.
  10. Whitefyre

    Whitefyre TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +11

    perhaps but none have a stylus or the iris recognition software that I am aware of

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