Samsung to enforce the use of original accessories only?

Samsung to enforce the use of original accessories only?
When you're as big as Samsung, you're bound to receive some slaps you didn't exactly deserve, and the Korean tech giant sure knows a thing or two about that. Just recently, we were treated to a series of mishaps, including explosions, that seemingly pointed towards a Samsung phone as the culprit, though to our knowledge, the problem always turned out to be caused by a malfunctioning third-party accessory. These actually include a wide range of products, like batteries, wired and wireless chargers, etc, and many of these are produced with the price being of a bigger concern than quality. It's therefore not surprising to come across reports from Korean media that claim that Samsung is now considering taking a rather drastic measure to avoid the bad publicity in the future, and perhaps even grab a yummy piece of the high-margin accessories market.

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.

source: ETNews via GforGames

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14 Comments

1. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

After stupid region lock, Knox securty. This move is good so that it wont hurt poor customers who use fake batteries or chargers like apple for their lightning cable ! Yea its good ! Safety first .

12. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

yeah, no more spontaneous combustion!

2. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yea follow Apple. I thought the whole point was to standardize charging cables so you can use any and not have a draw full of different cables.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

+1000

5. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

with each new device i buy (lately a 70$ 7" tablet for my 1 year old baby), it comes with a micro usb charger, but i never use this charger for my S4 or my wife's S3 because i know it "might" affect the battery life. So using only original chargers to all my devices would be smart and safe. And anyway the margin between an original and a fake one is like only 10-15$.

6. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Introducing, Samsung "Slightning" cable. Samsung, think slightly different.

3. coinmanmat

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Well I think this is both a good and a bad idea. Its good because Samsung wont catch hell when someone's phone explodes because of some crap 3rd party battery. On the flip side its bad because Samsung will have a monopoly over accessories for its products which are overpriced. (The Samsung Protective case for my Galaxy S4 cost $35 and it should be like a $15 case)

14. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The. Note 3 and S4 S-View covers cost $60 and should be $40 tops.

7. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

It kinda defeats the purpose; just imagine all the bad press they're going to get just by officially announcing this.

8. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I guess we as consumers don't really know what we want. No matter what a certain company do, we will always find a way to complain....

10. Dastrix unregistered

Agreed. I mean, for Apple, it's not like they actually had it standardized to begin with, so that was how they intended to do things from the very beginning. But this here, this would really give Sammy a bad reputation for switching things up the Apple way now.

9. Dastrix unregistered

Oh damn! Sammy going Apple-esque!

11. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Good choice Samsung. so now all these cheap bastards can't go to Walmart or Amazon & buy cheap chargers & then complain about their phone not holding charge like it should or battery malfunctions.

13. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Nah, if sammy does this they will lose me as a customer. Especially since they have a locked BL on VZW. There really isn't a point to chose them over anyone else. This is a negative, not a positive. What they need to start doing is suing these people that claim samsung is at fault for a 3rd party screwup

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