It seems that being fashionable this “curse of the year”, and is that last year and it was Qualcomm and his Snapdragon 810 (you know, that processor that promises to warm the house shortly you put a game), and in 2016 has also been warm (joke easy) with the Galaxy Note 7 and its battery.
As we wait to see what the curse is next year, Samsung has solved this problem following a global repayment program that is costing more than $ 1 billion. To differentiate the defective Note 7 from the normal Samsung has released an update via OTA in which changes the icon of the battery to put it green.
How useful is the green battery icon?
As we said before, Samsung launched an update via OTA, which has started to be distributed today by the United States and Canada and should not take long to reach the other countries, just 50 MB in weight that changed the battery icon to fill it in green instead of white, the standard color of Google.
In order to place the icon of that color have obtained an exclusive permission of Google given the special circumstances of this case. This update serves to differentiate the faulty terminals from the normal ones, the latter being the ones that would receive such a change. Notice that the security patch does not change in this OTA.
Defective terminals that receive this update will not change the battery icon to green, but every time you turn off or start the device, you will see a prompt to turn off the phablet, save it in a box and change it for one normal. Apparently Samsung already has enough stock to cover all cases of defective terminals.
The sole purpose of the green battery icon is, therefore, to differentiate a normal Note 7 from a defective one. This icon will appear in the notification bar, on the ‘Always On’ screen and in the device shutdown menu, as shown in the image above.
Can you remove this green icon or give up the update?
As for giving up the update, apparently it is not possible (anyway, the only reason you could give up this OTA is because you hate the green icons, which is the only thing that changes) since it is a mandatory update. Another thing is that you can postpone it because you are outside a Wi-Fi network, but in principle it is not possible to give up this update.
So, if someone hates the green battery icon, how could the color change? The answer to this would be root and, after that, go to Xposed modules or to customize ROMs, taking advantage of the terminal is not yet with Android Nougat (at which time root would be even harder to get).
It would also be possible, if the developers have worked on it, to find ‘mods’ that are installed as a normal apk or can be flashed by recovery that allows you to customize the battery icon (and perhaps the entire notification bar) so that Put it to your liking
Be that as it may, unless you deeply hate the color green, there would be no reason to risk rooting your device (if it is not yet) just to change a small icon that you will find in three different places. Also, it is a way of differentiating a normal Note 7 from a defective one much easier than having to look at the IMEI of the device.