File this under annoying: several Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users are complaining that the recent Android 4.4 KitKat update rendered their third-party accessories totally useless. The accessories include things like unofficial S-View Flip Covers and any other product that doesn’t contain Samsung’s official identification chip.
SamMobile reports that complaints began with one specific third-party manufacturer, Spigen. Most of its covers feature a window at the top that let you peak through at the weather and clock widget. When you close the flap, the screen on the Note 3 is supposed to turn off, similar to how other smart covers work with Apple’s iPad. But with the latest update, it seems that Samsung disabled the OS from recognizing that chip, thus making the case kind of useless.
The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise—just a major bummer to those who had bought third-party accessories. Back in October, the Korean ETNews reported that Samsung was working on a chip that would ensure only its official accessories would work with its handsets.
Samsung assigns a unique ID to the chip in the case, wireless charging pad, etc. This chip detects the authenticity of the smartphone accessory, and if it is not authentic, related functions cannot be used.
Apparently, Samsung implemented the chip to “ensure reliability,” but the obvious reasoning for it is so that users are forced to buy Samsung-branded products and accessories to work with their Samsung-manufactured devices.
There is a solution available, but it requires either rooting your Galaxy Note 3—which would void your phone’s warranty, and we would not recommend this for novice Android users—or cutting out the chip from an official Samsung S-View case and then somehow placing it inside the unofficial one. That’s quite a bit of effort to get a case working with your phone, but if you’re really attached to your current case for whatever reason, there’s always that route.
However, If you are one of the lucky few who has the Android 4.4 KitKat update on your Galaxy Note 3, you might as well stick to buying official accessories for now. Samsung told the German website AllAboutSamsung that to ensure a “pleasant and smooth experience with Samsung products… we recommend that only originally accessories from Samsung should be used.” It doesn’t get any more explicit than that.
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