In order to ensure customers were not hurt – and to save the company, Samsung took the additional step of deactivating devices still out in the wild.
This brings up a good question posed by MSN last week – who actually owns the device?
It is a valid question. On the original IBM PC and on every PC sold since then, a user can wipe the OS, install any compatible OS, and the manufacturer has no recourse other than to void the warranty. On a mobile device, however, one cannot install IOS on an Android phone or Windows 10 on an Iphone. In fact, the article argues that we are moving from ownership to a quasi-lease. You may own the hardware, but are only using/leasing the underlying software and capabilities.
This could bring up some serious questions in the future as mobile device usage becomes even more prevalent than now.