If you have the option to update your Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch Classic smartwatch to the latest software update, you may want to think twice.
That's after widespread reports of firmware version R8xxXXU1GVI3 bricking some Samsung watches following installation, leaving them completely unusable.
It also seems to have affected Galaxy Watch 4 models in several different regions, with Samsung appearing to acknowledge the issue in one reply, saying:
"We are aware that a limited number of Galaxy Watch 4 series models are not turning on following a recent software (VI3) update. We have halted the update and will release a new software shortly."
It's not yet clear whether this will be a solution for those affected, however, given that the issues often only begin if the power is drained on the smartwatch.
Instead of it affecting users immediately following an update, users are instead mostly reporting that their Galaxy Watch 4 won't reboot if it's running the V13 firmware - even when connected to power.
It causes a huge headache for Samsung, given the issue is its own doing. And though it has now been halted, there will no doubt be plenty of users who have already updated experiencing problems.
The easiest way to avoid bricking the device appears to be to keep it charged and await a new rollout, though there's currently no telling when this will arrive.
We'll update this story when we know more.
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