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In this July 28, 2016, file photo, a screen magnification feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Samsung has a software fix for its exploding phones but it makes battery life terrible


Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has a nasty tendency to catch fire and explode. 

The problem lies with a manufacturing mistake involving the battery, and a recall for all of the phones has been issued.

In the meantime, Samsung issued a software "fix" that cuts the phone's battery life by 40 percent so it can't charge enough to cause a fire, CNET reports. 

This is what a Note 7 tends to look like post-explosion.

Customer safety remains our top priority.
Samsung statement

The update will hit the airwaves Sept. 20 in South Korea, and it's not clear when (or if) the U.S. will get this patch.

This is, of course, a temporary fix, and it's still recommended that you  return or exchange your Galaxy Note 7 as soon as possible. 

Samsung has lost $26 billion in market value as a result of the recall, Engadget reports.

2.5 million Note 7s were sold before the recall kicked in. 

Will you take a chance on the Samsung Note 7 patch?

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