Someone seems to have accidentally pressed a wrong button at Samsung. On Thursday Galaxy users from around the world received a mysterious '1' message on their devices. Samsung has since addressed the incident and said there's nothing to worry about.
Users reported that the source of the message came from Samsung's Find My Mobile app. It pushed out a message to people around the globe that simply said '1' twice.
— Rena (@Ayano7Aishi) February 20, 2020
The message resulted in concern from some Samsung users due to the Find My phone app's abilities to remotely locate and unlock devices. It can also alter and back up data and interfere with Samsung Pay access.
However, Samsung has now addressed the message and it apparently wasn't a security breach, but an accident that came about during internal testing.
Interestingly, the explanation was given as an answer to a user query from the Samsung Help UK Twitter account. There is yet to be a standalone tweet from this account or others, such as Samsung Mobile.
Recently, a notification about “Find My Mobile 1” occurred on a limited number of Galaxy devices. This was sent unintentionally during an internal test and there is no effect on your device. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers. ^LF
— Samsung Help UK (@SamsungHelpUK) February 20, 2020
So if you received the message, there doesn't seem to be any cause for concern in regards to security. If it ever happens again we're hoping for a message that's a little more interesting, like 'u up?'
The first Samsung Unpacked for 2020 is now in the bag. With it comes the new Samsung Galaxy S20 range which has three phones (and a lot of variants) - the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra. Thanks to yet another leaky boat, we weren't surprised by the specs, but now they're all shiny and official. We have all the details right here for you, including when you can get them in Australia and how much they cost.