Owners of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones are reporting that they are receiving firmware upgrades which brings some of the Samsung Galaxy Note7’s capabilities to their devices. The move comes after the South Korean company issued a final recall and shut down production of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 following a series of battery fires.
There are both public relations and business benefits to making some of the Samsung Galaxy Note7’s features available to existing devices.
Following weeks of bad publicity, Samsung will be eager to boost brand loyalty amongst existing Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge owners, by offering some new features. And the update may also persuade those who have yet to exchange their Samsung Galaxy Note7 to stick with the brand, giving that the company’s other premium handsets are effectively being upgraded for free.
Of course, with some of the Samsung Galaxy Note7’s exclusive features being hardware-based, not everything can be transferred across to other handsets. So far reports indicate that many of the always-on display customisation functions being made available in the initial updates.