Samsung to enforce the use of original accessories only?14
ETNews is reporting that Sammy may introduce a dedicated ID chip to its future devices that may end up rejecting accessories that the company deems non-genuine. Seeing as this information is not confirmed, there's obviously a lack of details, though it is within the realm of possibilities that instead of monopolizing the accessories niche outright, the company could license the new tech to partners it considers safe.
Now, this can be both good and bad, and we're fairly sure which angle Samsung will take if this story ends up true. Nobody wants exploding phones (batteries) that hurt people, and you can definitely say that Samsung has received quite a bit of undeserved bashing. On the other hand, there's always the rather cynical possibility that Sammy is planning to turn negative PR into a plus, by using the occasion to crack down on the third-party accessories business and take a fat share home. As we mentioned, the accessories business, especially if these are marketed as original, operates on obscene margins, not to mention that the industry as a whole is on a growth track that could easily salivate even a company as big as Samsung.
Alternatively, this whole ordeal may simply be indicating that Samsung, much like Apple, is introducing the alleged ID chips so that it can simply monitor when a fault is caused by a third-party accessory.