In an apparently strange accident, Galaxy phone users worldwide received a mysterious notification from Samsung's Find My Mobile app. The warning that is reported by multiple users is simply "1" and another "1" below it.
Our own editor-in-chief Dieter Bohn received the notification on his Galaxy Z Flip, which he is currently testing for verification. Tapping the warning doesn't seem to do anything other than close the notification shadow.
An example of the "Find my phone" notification received.
Picture: Dieter Bohn / The Verge
With the Find My Mobile service from Samsung, owners of Samsung devices can remotely locate or block their smartphone or tablet, back up data stored on the devices in the Samsung Cloud, delete local data and block access to Samsung Pay. No wonder some Galaxy owners freak out.
Does anyone else get my mobile push notification that just caused my heart attack?
Jesus Christ Samsung
– Josh Broom (@BroomDoom), February 20, 2020
Oh shit, I got this weird "Find my Mobile" proof and my stupid ass clicked on it and nothing happened, but I'm reluctant now
– Heavenly lust (@SusetheViktoria) February 20, 2020
Samsung isn't the first company to send bizarre notifications to a wide audience. Last year OnePlus accidentally hit its users with garbled text and Chinese characters, which turned out to be a failed internal test for a software update.
The Verge contacted Samsung for more information on the background to today's puzzle warning.
Samsung Care Ambassador: "As far as I can tell, this is a test for Samsung to make sure the services are working. They expect Samsung to make an official statement, but I want to mention them now, hopefully to reassure some of you . " ""
Feels like we're in good hands. / s
– Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael), February 20, 2020
Update February 20, 3:25 p.m. ET: The story has been updated with additional details on Samsung's Find My Mobile service.