Samsung says batteries caused Note 7 fires, Hugo Barra heads back to Silicon ValleyAfter an investigation into the cause of Note 7 phones catching fire, Samsung blames battery defects and hopes a new testing lab will prevent similar problems. Also in today's tech news, former Googler Hugo Barra will to return to Silicon Valley.
This is CNet and here are the stories that matter right now. During a press conference on Sunday, Samsung said that two a separate factory defects caused both the original batch of its Galaxy Note 7 phone and the replacement units to overheat. In both cases, manufacturing flaws forced the positive and negative layers inside the batteries together Causing them to short circuit and catch fire. I a video it released during the press conference, Samsung announced it would implement a new eight point inspection process to prevent any flawed batteries from being in future phones. One check is a durability test that examines the battery when it's been overcharged or punctured by a nail. Samsung said the Galaxy S8, it's next flagship phone, is expected to launch this spring, will be tested under the new process. Hugo Barra is headed to Silicon Valley after a three year stint as the public face and VP of global operations for Chinese tech company [UNKNOWN]. Barra said in a statement on Facebook yesterday that he would be leaving Beijing for personal But will still work with Xiaomi as an advisor. Before Xiaomi Barra worked in product management at Google and served as spokesperson for Google's Android division. Stay up to date with the latest by downloading the CNET tech today app in the Apple app store.