What’s smoking with Smartphone’s these days? And When I say smoking I mean literally catching fire. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. If you didn’t already know this is the kind of Smartphone, bear in mind, which has been recalled for overheating batteries. Shockingly, it began catching fire Wednesday morning aboard a Southwest Airlines, igniting the evacuation of the flight while still on the ground at Louisville. Never have I ever heard of such an incident like this.
This event carries more controversy and harm to Samsung’s status in the Smartphone business, which means the outlook of the Note 7, a phone that was exceedingly looked upon when it first hit the market in late August, doesn’t look so promising anymore. This happened before reports began to carry about batteries that caught fire.
If things weren’t already bad enough, Samsung was apprehended as one of the replacement handsets that the South Korean company had previously deemed “secure.” Now it looks as though the concern is far from established.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency overseeing the U.S. recall of the Note 7, claimed it is inspecting the Southwest flight incident.
The timing could not be worse for Samsung as other companies are developing, improving and expanding their products. It came a day after Google revealed its own brand new Pixel handsets, which based on early talks could interfere, and better yet put pressure on Samsung’s leading position amid the top Android Smartphone’s. And I’m sure you all already figured out that Samsung must still compete with Apple, who recently launched the iPhone 7. We all know it is selling like crazy.
The Southwest episode happened about 9:15 a.m. as Flight 994 to Baltimore was boarding. Arson investigators long-established that a Samsung phone overheated, evoking to smoke in the cabin.
Thankfully, nobody got hurt, but the incident evidently produced enough smoke to force everyone off the plane and the flight was canceled.
Sarah Green of New Albany claimed that her husband, Brian, was waiting to take off to Baltimore when his Galaxy Note 7 overheated. He called her from another person’s phone a little after 9 a.m. to tell her what happened.
“He said he had just powered it down, when it made a popping noise and started smoking,” Sarah Green said. “He took it out of his pocket and threw it on the ground.”
Green said her husband’s phone was a replacement Galaxy Note 7 after Samsung recalled the phone in mid-September because of “serious fire and burn hazards.” They took the phone in about two weeks to a local AT&T Store to have it replaced.
Samsung expressed doubt with the incident involving a new Note 7.
Until they are able to retrieve the device, they cannot verify that this incident involves the new Note 7. They are functioning with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause. Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share.
Southwest Airlines confirmed that a customer reported smoke emitting from an electronic device, but that passengers were able to evacuate calmly through the main cabin door because the plane hadn’t left the gate, thankfully. Safety is always a top precedence, for airlines. They urge passengers to follow Federal Aviation Administration rules, which warn against having the phones turned on while boarding planes.
Samsung officially recollected 1 million of its Galaxy Note 7 phones sold before Sept. 15 due to serious fire and burn hazards. By mid-September, Samsung had collected 92 reports of batteries in the popular Smartphone overheating in the U.S., following in 26 instances of burns and 55 of property damage, as well as fires in cars and a garage, according to the source of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
This news is astonishing. Who would think that a Smartphone had the capability to do such things? We turn to Smartphone’s for safety at times, so it is ironic how the Smartphone is the device that is causing the harm. All in all, even if this incident didn’t happen, I think Apple would still be on the winning side at the end of the day.
Despite all this controversy and unfortunate news for Samsung, the company has done well for itself in the past and Statista has the data for us. Samsung Electronics is a worldwide pioneer in semiconductors, broadcast communications and computerized media advancements, and a standout amongst the most profitable brands on the planet.
Headquartered in Suwon, South Korea, the organization was established in 1969. Samsung utilizes more than 300 thousand individuals worldwide and spends more than 10 billion U.S. dollars on innovative work every year. This venture has paid off; in 2015, Samsung was the organization with the second most noteworthy number of U.S. licenses in all actuality, simply behind IBM.