Earlier this week, Samsung officially confirmed what was previously rumored on the Internet. The company is considering selling refurbished versions of its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in some markets, as part of an overall effort to recycle the phone.

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The company has since clarified that, if it does sell the Galaxy Note 7 again, it will not be in the US or Canada. That means the company is looking to other markets to resell the troubled phone. To be fair, Samsung says it will also be removing components from other recalled Note 7 units, including semiconductors and camera modules, so they can be used for testing purposes. Other Note 7 models that won’t be resold will have their materials recycled, like copper, nickel, gold and silver.

But should Samsung really be trying to resell a phone that, in its previous incarnation, was in serious danger of exploding, due to issues with its battery? Or is the company trying to be responsible to both its shareholders and the environment by attempting to sell at least a portion of its Note 7 units, which likely number in the millions? That’s the debate that we will have today as we examine the pros and cons of this issue.

The Verge

A brief history lesson

First, a quick look back at this entire situation. Samsung launched the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7 in September 2016. Within a few days of the phone shipping to customers in the US, many people reported on the internet that their units had started smoking or had caught on fire, in some cases causing considerable damages to their homes, cars and other property. The company issued a recall of the currently shipped units in mid-September, stating that it would release “safe” Note 7 units to replace them.

Unfortunately, even some of those “safe” Note 7 phones started catching on fire as well. In mid-October, Samsung said it was issuing a full and final recall of all Note 7 units worldwide and stopped selling the phone entirely. This came after the FAA issued a blanket ban on the Note 7, making it illegal to have one on board on both commercial and cargo flights.

Samsung later released software updates to the Note 7 for anyone still using them, which either cut its battery life down considerably or killed it outright. In January, the company announced the results of its internal investigation into the Note 7 fires, and put the blame on the battery. It revealed that for its future phones, it would put in an eight-point testing process to make sure its mobile batteries would be safe.

The pros for reselling the Note 7

The hardcore fact is that, for Samsung, it makes sense to get back some of the many billions of dollars it lost as part of the Note 7 recall by cleaning up the recalled units and reselling them, hopefully with batteries that won’t explode. There’s also the fact that the Note 7 is actually a great smartphone, and would have been a huge seller if it were not for that whole “blowing up” thing.

There’s also a serious environmental issue surrounding the Note 7, as was pointed out by Greenpeace in its protests at Samsung’s press event at the MWC 2017 trade show in February. Having millions of unsold or recalled phones lying about could be a huge hazard. Putting revamped versions of the phone back onto the market would help that situation.

The cons for reselling the Note 7

The most obvious issue with Samsung putting back the Note 7 to the marketplace, even with a new name and a smaller battery, is that if just one of these units catches on fire or explodes, that puts the company’s considerable efforts to repair its reputation down the tubes. Samsung cannot afford to issue yet another recall of the Note 7, even a small one, and it may be too big of a risk, even if the phone is only sold in a few markets outside the US.

There’s also the fact that Samsung has already announced it plans to keep the Galaxy Note brand going. If something goes wrong with one of their refurbished phones, we would suspect that would be the death knell for the Note brand. While we think it is a great idea to recycle and re-purpose some of the Note 7’s components and materials, it does seem risky to relaunch the phone itself.

Finally, Samsung will have to chat with wireless carriers and, more importantly, government regulators, for permission to resell the Note 7 after its recall. The ban on using Note 7 phones on planes remains in effect, and even if Samsung were to start reselling the phone, owners could run into those same restrictions.

What do you think?

While there are certainly many benefits to reselling the Galaxy Note 7, even in a limited manner in some markets, it’s possible that the risks may outweigh those positive moves. However, we want to know what you think. Should Samsung try to resell refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7, or should they cut their losses for the final time and just recycle and reuse the materials and components of the phone instead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are scheduled to be announced today and to make sure consumers don’t forget about the G6, LG has decided to release the first TV commercial for its flagship smartphone.

The commercial revolves around the device’s large 5.7-inch screen with 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels surrounding it and ends with “The big screen that fits in your hand.” tagline. It also lets consumers know that the G6 is waterproof and features a dual-camera setup on the back. You can check it out below.

The G6 is a great smartphone and has been selling very well in South Korea so far. The company hopes it will be just as popular in other markets, especially in the US, when it officially goes on sale. You’ll be able to buy it from Verizon starting tomorrow, while other carriers will start selling it a week later.

LG’s flagship will be facing some tough competition soon. As already mentioned, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be revealed today and should go on sale in the middle of next month. Just like the G6, they will also feature minimal bezels that will make them quite compact for their size but won’t sport a dual-camera setup.

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It will be interesting to see which device will be more popular with consumers. In the past, LG’s G series didn’t sell as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones, but this might change this year. The G6 offer a brand new design and brings quite a few new things to the table.

But on the other hand, so will the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. However, some consumers might decide to stay away from Samsung devices just because of the bad reputation the company has received as a result of the Note 7 fiasco.

Android users will be glad to know that Google has relaunched a new section in the Play Store that will offer one free paid app. The section currently seems to be region locked to the US. Read more…

Good news for HTC One A9 owners in Europe: you should be receiving the long-awaited Nougat update today. Better late than never, eh?

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It was when the HTC One A9 launched that the Taiwanese company said the unlocked version of the device would get “every software update within 15 days of Google’s first push to Nexus.” If you recall, HTC gave up on that quite some time ago, and the One A9 – especially carrier versions – was devoid of Nougat deliciousness for a very long time. That wasn’t the first time the troubled Taiwanese company had made a bold promise, and it certainly wasn’t the first time it had failed to keep its promise.

Well, as the saying goes, I suppose it’s better late than never. Following the US One A9 units, European A9 devices will be receiving the Nougat update at last starting today. Graham Wheeler, the Product and Service Director at HTC EMEA, officially announced that European HTC One A9 handsets would be receiving a software update to 2.17.401.2. Indeed, the long-awaited Nougat update seems to include the February security patch, which seems so very timely given we are now headed into April.

The long-awaited Nougat update seems to include the February security patch, which seems so very timely given we are now headed into April.

As is the case with almost all OTA updates, the Nougat update – while it has already been pushed out – may take some time to arrive on your device. In the meantime, you can manually check for it by going into settings and tapping on the “Check for updates” button.

Are you an HTC One A9 owner in Europe? Have you received your Nougat update yet? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!

If you bought an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in the US and expected those phones to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat by now, you might be pretty upset at the moment. While the major US carriers have updated their versions of the phones to Nougat over the past several weeks, the unlocked versions are still awaiting their download file to grab the latest Android OS.

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The good news? Samsung is now rolling out the latest March 2017 Android security updates to both unlocked phones in the US. The software version for the update is G930UUES4AQC1. This falls in line with what Samsung indicated earlier this year, with the company stating that its unlocked phones would be getting monthly security patches from now on.

While that’s excellent news for those owners, it still does not make up for the fact that their phones are still using Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow instead of Android 7.0 Nougat. We don’t know what the hold up is on this matter, especially since other unlocked phones from companies like Motorola and HTC have already received their Nougat updates in the US. Hopefully these patient phone owners who don’t want to mess with wireless carriers will get Nougat downloaded and installed very soon.

Update: In a statement to The Verge, Samsung has noted these Note 7 refurbs are not in fact coming to the United States. In addition, the company’s statement also hints that the refurbished models could come to market with a different name. The full statement can be found below:

The objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact. The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.

Original post: Months after Samsung recalled all units of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the company has confirmed it does plan to offer refurbished versions of the device for sale or rental. However, most of the specific details of those plans have yet to be announced. Rumors about Galaxy Note 7’s return started popping up on the internet in February.

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In a brief press release, Samsung said it will announce where it will offer the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones, along with release dates, after it has discussed the matter with wireless carriers and regulatory agencies in various markets, along with a look at the possible demand for such a phone.

Samsung held a partial recall and replacement program for the Galaxy Note 7  in September 2016 after a number of the phones caught fire, due to its battery overheating. However, the replacement program it set up still had too many of the units catching fire, which forced the company to issue a full recall of the smartphone in October 2016. The company conducted an investigation and in January it announced that the cause of the of Note 7’s problems was related to its batteries, and said it was creating a new eight-point check system to make sure those problems would not happen again.

Samsung also announced today that some Galaxy Note 7 units will have components, including semiconductors and camera modules, removed and used for test sample production purposes. Other Note 7 units will have materials like copper, nickel, gold and silver recycled by what the company claims will be “eco-friendly companies specializing in such processes.” Samsung also said it plans to join the European Union’s R&D and test efforts to help develop new eco-friendly processing methods.

A move to bring back a recalled device is something of a risky move for Samsung. The company moved quickly to issue its recall of the Note 7 in the fall, and by all accounts it has tried its best to assure consumers that it has taken steps so that its future phones are not at risk of exploding. It will be interesting to see which markets will sell these refurbished Note 7 phones, and how they will be marketed.

The news comes two days before Samsung plans to officially announce its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, which will also be the first phone from the company that will be under its new battery testing program.

Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular ways to communicate with friends and family, and now the app is getting yet another useful feature that will help folks communicate across the world: live location sharing.

Facebook is now rolling out a Live Location feature on Android and iOS that lets users share where they are with their friends and family in real time. While sharing a static point on a map is convenient if you’re not planning on moving anywhere, Live Location allows your friends and family to view your location in real time for 60 minutes at a time.

To use it, open the Messenger app, then tap the Location icon. You’ll then see a map of your current location and the option to tap a blue bar to share your location for 60 minutes. You can stop sharing your location at any time by pressing Stop Sharing. You’ll even see how much time you have left to share your Live Location with your friends and family, with a small countdown clock on the screen.

This news comes just a few days after Google Maps announced it will be rolling out location sharing to its users.

Live location sharing will be rolling out to all Facebook Messenger users in the coming days. If you haven’t yet, be sure to head to the Play Store link below to grab the latest Facebook Messenger update.

Download Facebook Messenger from Google Play

Recent updates

Reactions and Mentions come to Messenger

March 23: Facebook Messenger has gained support for message reactions and mentions. With message reactions, users can now react to an individual message in Messenger, just like how you’d normally use Reactions on Facebook. Mentions, on the other hand, lets users notify a specific member in the group.

Messenger Day starts rolling out

March 9: Facebook has started rolling out Messenger Day worldwide. What is Messenger Day, you ask? Basically, it’s a Snapchat clone that resides as a feature inside Messenger, instead of requiring a whole different app. To make it work, you simply use Messenger’s built-in camera to make a video or take some pictures. You then can add text, cartoon overlays, and other extras. From there, you throw it into a special area called “your Day”. The day can be accessed by either all your friends or select users. After 24 hours, it deletes itself.

Dislike button testing and other reactions in Messenger

March 6: About a year ago, Facebook launched a few additional reaction buttons. Unfortunately, a dislike button wasn’t one of them. Now the company is finally working on a thumbs down reaction, but only for the popular Messenger app.

Ads in Messenger

January 25: Facebook is bringing ads to your Messenger home screen. for now the “feature” is a limited test run in Australia and Thailand, but you can bet it’ll be rolling out globally soon enough.

Group video chat

December 19Facebook added group video chat for up to six participants, clearly taking aim at Skype’s traditional domain. Up to 50 folks can now join in on an audio call too, making it a viable alternative for conference calls. Facebook claims 245 million people make video calls with Messenger every single month.

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When the US and UK banned people from carrying large devices aboard flights originating in the Middle East and northern Africa, they only made vague claims about this being in response to threat reports. But just what were those threats, exactly? We might have an idea. A Guardian security source understands that the bans were prompted in part by a plot to tuck explosives into a fake iPad. This wasn’t the only motivation — there was a “combination of factors,” according to the newspaper — but it played an important role. It’s not clear where and when this faux tablet bomb would have been used.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: The Guardian

It’s Sunday, and here at Android Authority that means we are ready to bring you yet another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’. This is where we highlight the hottest tech from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Shall we jump right in?

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Today we are taking a look at a very interesting security camera that is disguised as a charger. The LookOut Charger can keep an eye on your home and family by simply being plugged into the wall, making it undetectable and raising no suspicions. By the way, it does also work as a phone charger with a 5V 1000MAH power output.

But charging the phone is pretty much a side feature here. The brick comes with a tiny camera that can record at 1080p, as well as a microphone for capturing audio. This security camera requires no apps or confusing set-ups. Just plug it in and it will start doing its job.

There are two storage options: 16 GB and 32 GB. The smaller version can capture 3-4 hours of video, while the higher-end iteration offers 6-7 hours. And don’t worry about running out of storage. The unit has video looping, meaning it will record over older clips one it reaches a storage limit.

There’s also options for compatibility with plugs in different markets. Plug Type A/B will work in the USA, Mexico, Canada and Japan. Meanwhile, those in Europe, Asia and South America can opt for the Type C/E/F plug.

Interested? We are too. This seems like a handy tool for keeping an eye on your belongings and loved ones. It’s also pretty affordable; you can get one for as low as $45 by backing the Indiegogo project. Shipments are estimated for June 2017, so you won’t have to wait long either.

Check out the LookOut Charger on Indiegogo

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