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3rd party accessories not working after KitKat update on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

3rd party accessories not working after KitKat update on Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Bad news for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users. It seems that the new Android 4.4 KitKat update that Samsung has made for the device has a nasty side effect: any 3rd party accessory that doesn't feature an official Samsung identification chip will no longer work with the device. We can't help but wonder if this is one of those changes that will be reversed because of user backlash.

Apparently, the KitKat update has begun checking for the ID chip, and if it isn't there, the accessory won't work. A number of reports from XDA have said this even includes the Spigen S-View flip cover. Likely, the problems are going to extend to other accessories, and could cause big problems for a lot of users. There is a way to restore functionality if you have rooted your Note 3, but otherwise it looks like you're out of luck.

There had been rumors a while back that Samsung would be instituting a policy to only allow accessories with the ID chip, and for some reason it seems Samsung has decided that this is the best time to begin that policy. One would assume it would be better to start a policy like this when launching a device, so accessory makers don't make useless products, and users don't buy products that will stop functioning. 

Presumably, accessory makers will begin licensing the ID chip from Samsung to create working accessories, but there will definitely be some annoyed users until then. Just a side note: if you are directly effected by this, we'd suggest contacting Samsung directly, because the company doesn't monitor our comments section.

source: SamMobile

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posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:07 1

1. Teja171 (unregistered)


Bad news for Galaxy owners :(

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:11 5

2. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 185; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Apple is right, Samsung is following in it's footsteps.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:17 6

3. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


That's definitely an Apple move... So sad.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:23 1

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1334; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


its the stupid id chips , Note 3 was the trial run , i guess they will block out wireless chargers and cables in the future

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:32 2

5. NoFanboy (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Sup Apple

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:47 4

6. buccob (Posts: 1390; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Way to pull an "Apple"...

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:55 3

7. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 998; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Not a good look Samsung

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 20:56 4

8. Doakie (Posts: 1223; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Well as the owner of a Note 3 now I question if I should just sell my Note 3 and get a Nexus 5. If Samsung is going to be a jerk that makes me not want to buy their products.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 21:14

9. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


The next move maybe making a Note or Captivate and selling it to other countries like apple

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 21:21 1

10. Andrewtst (Posts: 313; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Solution is out and it is working for root user only.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2620399

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 21:46

11. skymitch89 (Posts: 1053; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Well, the only real accessories that I'd be using is a bluetooth earpiece/speaker & bluetooth enabled car stereo; aside from a basic protective case & auxiliary cable to my surround sound system. Therefore, I don't really care about the ID lock, at least for now.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 01:22 1

12. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Cheap tactic Sammy.
It may be same camp of android, but I like them the least.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 02:23

13. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 633; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Not Fair Samsung.. This move will bite Samsung..
People would start preferring other brands like LG, HTC, Sony..

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:53

14. boosook (Posts: 977; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


LOL! Buy the Samsung crap...

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:21

15. bnick25 (Posts: 35; Member since: 05 May 2013)


Im happy with my lg g2 made the right move

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 06:34

16. shuaibhere (Posts: 1359; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Samsung's official statement on this:

http://www.sammobile.com/2014/01/23/samsung-offers-official-statement-on-third-party-accessory-incompatibility-on-galaxy-note-3-and-kitkat/

it's more like quality check...not like what you guys think..

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 07:36

17. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


On cases too?
You swallowed.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 07:52

18. shuaibhere (Posts: 1359; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


not on cases i think

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