Samsung’s Find My Mobile service allows owners of Samsung devices to remotely locate or lock their smartphone or tablet, back up data stored on the devices to Samsung Cloud, delete local data, and block access to Samsung Pay. It’s no wonder some Galaxy owners freaked out.
Samsung isn’t the first company to send out bizarre notifications to a wide audience. Last year OnePlus accidentally blasted its users with garbled text and Chinese characters in what turned out to be a failed internal test for a software update.
About three hours after the errant messages were sent, Samsung’s official UK support channel on Twitter addressed the event. It called the Find My Mobile message a mistake “sent unintentionally during an internal test.” Samsung says it won’t have any effect on the devices that received it.