With the exploding Note 7 battery fiasco, Samsung inadvertently did something that’s increasingly difficult these days: It made smartphones interesting for a flickering moment. Super interesting in fact. Besides the intriguing mournful saga of the Note 7, whose embarrassing recall cost the company billions, Samsung also set up a dramatic release narrative for the Galaxy S8. This wasn’t just another smartphone—this was a make-or-break device charged with saving a company in the throes of an existential crisis. A smartphone that screams at the void—yikes!
Some innovations seem so inevitable once they’re out there that you wonder just why no one has thought of them before.
Citing an unnamed official at a Samsung supplier, South Korean new agency Yonhap reports that the company has temporarily suspended production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. According to the source, the suspension is being done in coordination with safety officials in South Korea, the United States and China.
Samsung may have another explosion problem on its hands. Today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that it was looking into some of Samsung’s top-loading washing machines because of “safety issues.”
Cell phone technology continues moving forward year after year, but many of the developments are incremental—a better camera, more storage space, or a faster processor. Those are just the improvements that make it to the mass market, though.
After reports emerged on social media of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exploding when charged, the company announced on Wednesday that it was delaying shipments of its new flagship device for “additional tests being conducted for product quality.” Now, it seems the smartphone maker is taking more drastic measures, with South Korean media reporting that Samsung plans to issue a worldwide recall in “less than a week.”