22
Jan
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We heard rumors a number of months ago that Samsung was mulling a plan to begin restricting the functionality of uncertified accessories like cases and chargers on its devices. It seems that the company has started doing just that with the Android 4.4.2 update for the Note 3. Users who have updated are reporting that third-party S-View cases, like the one sold by Spigen, are no longer working.

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Samsung includes a small identification chip in the official S-View case that allows it to work properly with the phone. Of course, the Spigen case is still a case, but it doesn't do any of the special stuff with the screen window that users expect. There are currently two ways around this, neither of them very convenient. If you're willing to sacrifice an official S-View case, the ID chip can be ripped out and grafted onto a third-party case along with a donor magnet harvested from the earbuds. This will trick the phone into thinking it's the official case. Users can also install a new Xposed module that circumvents the block without doing case surgery, but that requires rooting the device if you haven't already.

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This appears to be the only accessory currently affected, perhaps as a sort of trial run. Maybe in the future the block will extend to batteries and chargers as well. From Samsung's perspective, this gives it more control over the accessory ecosystem and ensures people only use well-tested accessories. However, it's really quite draconian to block accessories that people have bought, especially as part of an OTA update.

Update: Samsung has issued a statement that denies it intentionally broke third-party cases. That doesn't really explain why its ID chip fixes the problem, but okay.

To ensure a pleasant and smooth user experience with Samsung products for our customers, we recommend that only original accessories from Samsung to use. Of course, customers can continue to rely on third-party accessories. The full functionality of our devices and accessories, however, can only be ensured with genuine Samsung components, since only in this way it is ensured that equipment and accessories are perfectly matched. A correlation between the Android version 4.4 and the supposed incompatibility of third-party accessories does not exist.

[SamMobile – Thanks, +Tony Byatt]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Nathaniel Webb

    I won't say what we're all thinking. Dammit, now I'm hungry.

    • jonathan3579

      Apple. Apple. Apple. *looks around*

      Phew. It didn't appear so I guess we're clear for now.

      • Urban Myth

        King.com served notice of opposition to the word 'candy' so even if you chant Candyman (or its Technology equivent coated in toffee) 3 times there be no harm!

        Thank King for something!

  • supremekizzle

    Can check Samsung off the list of Android OEMS that I'll consider when phone shopping. Even Apple doesn't lock down this much.

    • George Millhouse

      one case....it is one case....where do you get "this much" from??

      • Pat

        +1

      • tocsin

        Knox and region resctriciting too

        • mgamerz

          Knox is security. That's not really 'locking down'. That's like saying windows updates locks down your computer because it's patching security holes.

          • vgergo

            Tying hardware warranty to the knox flag is locking down.

      • supremekizzle

        For now.....*cue melodramatic music*

      • Gator352

        It's not going to be "just one case". It's going to be all accessories. Wireless charging, cases, Bluetooth headsets, and anything that will connect to the phone.

      • Steven J

        Eh, yeah, they're not as bad as Apple.
        Still though, I never plan to buy another Samsung product (last one I got was a Galaxy Tab 2. I couldn't stand Touchwiz and all the other crap on it. They've just gotten worse from there... At least I could flash Cyanogen onto my Tab 2...)
        I respect them for using Android, but I don't respect their recent decisions at all.

    • Daryl Tang

      Apple encourages third party accessories as long it's not some cheap rip off. Samsung restricts it to their own branded accessories

    • wickets

      super Über douchebags +j k shin and +oh-hyun kwon strike again!!!!.....And Bttw douchebags, where the #*@‰¡ is my upgrade to Kitkat..... If you were anywhere close to being like apple I wouldn't even have to be asking

    • Guest

      I checked them off the list long ago when tehy continued to add bloat while sticking with the old capacitive / hard key. Menu button? WTF?

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    cant say i didnt expect this......

  • Jadephyre

    Samsung has become the Apple of the Android world long ago. I can't say that i'm surprised, even though I did have hope that Samsung wouldn't pull through with this plan.

    Well, no more Samsung for me then, not that i'll miss their cheap ass plastic and tacky user interface when Motorola with their Moto G/X phones are doing a much better job right now.
    Same as LG which has delivered two great Nexuses in a row now.

    • Brandon Fletcher

      "Samsung has become the Apple of the Android world long ago"......Yeah, I totally see that....because.....you know.....they let you add more storage via SD card......they offer multiple sized phones.......replaceable battery.......yeah.....totally Apple all right.

      • CoreRooted

        In terms of how they are trying to control the accessories and after-market products? Absolutely an Apple type of move (can we say "draconian"?). Letting you add more storage via SD card; Sure, if you only buy Samsung approved SD cards. Replaceable battery; Again, sure... If you buy a battery from Samsung or an "authorized" partner.

        The whole point of Android is open. If I want to buy a $12 battery to throw into my phone, I should be able to. If I want to use a third-party case (instead of spending $50 on the "official" case), I should be able to.

        With this move, those options are essentially being removed.

        • Brandon Fletcher

          I'm not sure where you get your information from. I use a SanDisk microSD in my last 3 Samsung devices (and it recognizes and works with any other brand I throw in there), I use cheap batteries off eBay and they work great (This does allow me to not throw a public fit if the battery catches on fire and burns me.....that's the risk I take and am aware of). So I'm not sure where all this "authorized" stuff you're talking about is coming from.

          As far as the case issue goes, yes, it does suck. I mentioned that in another post in the main comments. But until they start doing away with alot of other features, it's hardly the end of the world.

          • CoreRooted

            I was pointing those out as what could happen if Samsung continues down this route. Sorry, I should have made that clearer. I know that isn't the case today, but if they are pulling this with cases, I can't see them stopping there.

          • Brandon Fletcher

            I agree with you there. People should fuss about this and make it known to Samsung that this is a bad thing.....and hopefully they stop there.

          • yu12cy

            STOP WHINING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PHONE, THEN YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU LIKE.

          • Leo Finn

            I think he means that eventually it could go to that. Where you have no choice in what you buy. Its either Samsung or nothing.

          • Daryl Tang

            Works for now..

        • hot_spare

          The whole point of Android is open -- what does this have to do with this article? And if you say the whole point of Android being open -- you couldn't be further from truth. Everybody knows that Android is a medium to allow Google to market it's services. But that's a different discussion altogether.

          How many manufacturer's allow SD card right now? If that's being open, all Nexus phones are *restrictive*. Samsung may say that you can only use Samsung-branded SD card, but even that's better than having no SD card option in Nexus.

          BTW, you can still use any case, it just won't have some fancy bells and whistles in it.

          Android is more closed eco-system than windows in some ways. You can still choose what x86 processor/RAM or motherboard you want to build your system. Can you do the same for a Android phone or tablet even though it's so-called *open* ?

          • Grayson Carr

            To me, only being able to use a Samsung-branded SD card would not be better than no SD card if Samsung only offers their phones with 16GB of storage built in, 8 of which is usable. And that's exactly what they did the first several months the Galaxy S4 was out. I would rather have 32 or 64GB internal that works with every app than a tiny bit of internal and a 64GB SD card that can't be used with a lot of apps.

          • Gator352

            If you haven't noticed, the Note 3 has 32GB internal and an SD slot. I agree with everything else.

          • CoreRooted

            "Everybody knows that Android is a medium to allow Google to market it's services." - EVERY mobile OS is nothing more than a vehicle for a company to market their services. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all pushing you to use their services. Android is the only mobile OS (besides Ubuntu, which is built on AOSP, and Tizen) that is completely open in terms of how it can be used.

            "How many manufacturer's allow SD card right now?" You're right. However, given the number of manufacturers that are selling devices successfully (especially the Nexus devices) without SD cards, I would say that SD cards are NOT nearly as essential as they were just a couple of years ago. Between all the cloud services, one could easily get about 100GB of storage, across various services, for free. There are cases, as Brandon Fletcher pointed out, where an SD card is needed. But, the "average" consumer doesn't need to tote around 16+GB of music and/or movies. Why do you think services like Pandora, iHeartRadio and the other dozen or so streaming services are so huge (and continuing to grow)? Your common consumer barely has the knowledge to know the difference between internal and external storage, much less how to carry around tons of MP3s and/or videos. That would be us, the tech people, that have this requirement of "I need to have it local".

            "Android is more closed eco-system than windows in some ways." - Actually, you CAN choose your hardware, but building it would require the same knowledge building a PC would require. The components are available at any large electronics retailer. But, that has nothing to do with the operating system. You can compile Android and run it on just about anything you can think of to build (RasberryPI anyone?). Why don't more people do it? Probably the same reason custom PC rigs have been declining over the past 2-3 years. Consumers DON'T CARE. They want it easy. They want it now. They want it done for them. I'm sure there are thousands of people on this site that could build their own Android rig (and have probably done so), but how many of your common consumers are willing to do the same thing?

    • justit

      how is moto g and Lg doing better? your an idiot

    • mgamerz

      I agreed with you until you said LG. The Nexus line is one thing, but their normal UI is just abysmal in my opinion. I'm not sure what the newest vesrion is like, but I know when they did ICS it was just terrible... and the support! My phone got literally a maintainence update and nothing else. They make decent hardware though.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    "this gives it more control over the accessory ecosystem and ensures people only use well-tested accessories" Come on, please... just to make you buy them from THEM.

    Shame on you samsung, this is pathetic.

    • Fitzelgard Allan Gerard

      "well tested" I like how they make it sound like it's supposed to be some sort of nuke you strap onto your phone.

      Their original S Covers are outrageously overpriced everywhere except US.

      • Mayoo

        "well tested"???? It's a f*cking cover with a magnet. What do you want to test other than "Open" and "Close".

        Samsung, just stop it already. I know you want to become another Apple, but this is worse.

        • SSDROiD

          You do realize they are not speaking specifically about a cover and a magnet in that statement, right? That's a statement regarding all Samsung accessories on all devices.

    • kevin

      Loving this, go Samsung!!

      • TylerChappell

        This is ridiculous. Why again are people buying Samsung's crappy products? Oh, that's right, often out of ignorance.

  • Stephen McGann

    Everybody else has said it but, this was very clearly the direction samsung was headed in for sometime.

  • Brandon Fletcher

    It's a dick move for sure, and SOUNDS very Apple-ish, but until they drop SD support, replaceable batteries, or large sized phones (which no other android manufacturer does a combination of these 3, save for the E970, which is a joke because it's AT&T exclusive)....I'm afraid I'm gonna be sticking with them.

    • CoreRooted

      To be honest, I was the same way about a year ago. Since getting my G2, I have yet to run into a space issue (granted, I went with the 32GB version) and as for the battery, I almost always have a charger on me and/or an external battery pack. The SD card/removable battery argument just doesn't apply to me anymore. I have to say, I'm actually happier without them. After losing 3 SD cards (and the data on them) in my last S3, I'm happy to see them go. I do cloud syncing now and haven't lost anything.

      I'm not saying that the lack of SD cards and/or removable batteries will work for everyone, but in my case, I don't need those as features for my next device.

      • Brandon Fletcher

        I go to concert festivals decently often, and that's where my biggest space/battery life issue comes into play. When you're surrounded by 60,000 other devices throwing signal everywhere, your battery drains faster than you would think. I also like to take several 1-5 minute HD video clips of alot of the bands I'm seeing, so I've exceeded 32GB of storage in half a day at one of these things. If I keep an extra charged battery and 64GB card in my pocket, I have nothing to worry about. If I forget to dump everything off my internal storage at the hotel that night because I'm exhausted...then the whole next day's memories are a complete bust. I've been in this situation before. Never again. I'm paying hundreds of dollars for my ticket and trip, and hundreds of dollars for my "smart" phone that can't hold the HD video capacities that they keep upping every year. Plus, it seems like every manufacturer with a closed storage model wants to charge me $50-100 for every 16-32GB, IF they even offer that option. Who offers decent storage capacities on phones without SD support? We've been running the 8/16/32GB capacity for what....4-5 years now? HTC did a special 64GB edition of the One....that was CARRIER EXCLUSIVE. So, that's essentially useless for 75% or more of us.

        I've owned 9 Android phones in the last 6 years, and every one of them started to lose overall battery life after about 6 months. Never lost an SD card. Options don't hurt anyone. Samsung can make slim, sexy phones, and have SD and removeable batteries. If you don't like that, don't remove the batteries or use SD cards. All of the other manufacturers have no excuse. I really wanted to switch to LG this year, but they dumbed down every phone they released in the US and out the window went my options.

        • CoreRooted

          Yeah... your case is absolutely one of the ones that requires external storage and batteries. To be honest, I was really nervous about going with the G2. It's the first device I've had without those options. I found that what I really needed to do was alter my perception a bit and rely on cloud storage a lot more. With my recent Chromebook purchase, I got the "100GB of gDrive storage for 2 years free" deal. I've been using that HEAVILY. I basically took all the photos and videos and other stuff I would normally have stored locally and put them up on gDrive. When I need something, I pull it down and don't even think about local storage.

          As for the battery decay... Li-Ion just needs to go away. Seriously. Done. Go. Be gone. I'm already starting to see it on my G2 and it's only a few months old. That's the one argument about removable batteries that I still support. When the internal battery is either defective or isn't holding the same charge that it did when the device is new, buying a brand new device (or having to go through the whole return/replacement route) is RIDICULOUS. Hell, let me at least bring it into a store and have the store have some nifty little tool there to get the battery out and replace it. Or something.

          • Daryl Tang

            Until you are stuck on the 100G cloud space and the 2 years free promo is up

          • Brandon Fletcher

            Eh, Dropbox has given me 50GB for 2 years, if I really use it after that, I'll pay for it or start using my Box.net account. They do want you to EVENTUALLY pay for their service lol. And, if the price is right, I don't mind.

          • Fred

            I've been thinking about using my Box.net account after my 50GB expires from my S3 too, but Box.net only allows you to have a maximum of 100MB file size for each file which can be a pain. Dropbox and Google drive are way too expansive. The only alternative I might go with is Skydrive with gives me total of 75 GB for $25/yr. Until then, I still have time to make up my mind.

          • John Smith

            Bittorrent Sync ftw.

          • CoreRooted

            I was paying for gDrive previously, so the bonus 100GB was exactly that, a bonus. Plus, with the way technology moves, who knows what services will spring up in the next 2 years. Look at services like Bitcasa where you can get 1TB of storage for $100/year. If more services popup, we might see lower prices or even open source equivalents.

          • Brandon Fletcher

            I'm all about the cloud, but data limits like to get in the way of that. OR insanely show hotel wi-fi. Otherwise, if I'm at home, or in a place with great broadband, the cloud works great.

          • CoreRooted

            That's one thing I do like about how the cloud services are functioning today. They are making MUCH better use of deltas then they have in the past. But, yeah... Mobile data caps and the tiered plans are really limiting true cloud storage adoption. I'm kind of surprised the carriers haven't tried to implement their own cloud storage solution. For $x, you get xGB or xTB and doesn't count against your data. I would actually give something like that a serious look.

        • TY

          Battery: under the exact same form factor having a non-user replaceable battety will result in greater battery capacity. See G2, 3000 vs 2600. Also you can use an external battery pack for extra power.

          SD card: try USB OTG. USB flash drives with micro-USB connectors are starting to appear.

          Of course these maybe worse solutions, but they give you better reasons not to support Samsung.

        • vgergo

          " If you don't like that, don't remove the batteries or use SD cards. All of the other manufacturers have no excuse."

          well said!

  • jamaall

    Sounds familiar...

  • George Millhouse

    so far its one lousy case who says it was intentional in the first place??? could just be a glitch calm your titties people

    • Cesar

      Except that, it's clearly intentional. Samsung wouldn't have put an ID chip in the official case if it wasn't.

    • CoreRooted

      Sure, one case... And the region lockdown they did recently? And KNOX? I'm sorry but Samsung has been adding more and more restrictions to their devices rather than keeping them open as they have in the past.

      Lest we not forget the nightmare that Motorola put us through with their charger lockdown debacle? How many people jumped off Moto's ship when they started releasing firmwares that only allowed for THEIR chargers to be used? Answer? A lot.

      • mgamerz

        How is making a device secure a bad thing? What's wrong with KNOX?

        • CoreRooted

          KNOX in and of itself is a great concept. It's one thing to provide a barrier between work and personal data, but to go on to claim to "fix" the security gaps in Android and then flat out refuse to migrate those "fixes" back to AOSP is ridiculous. Plus, they still have yet to provide any proof of the supposed fixes that KNOX has fixed. Not to mention the fact that KNOX has been botched up twice now. First the failed release and then the critical vulnerability that was discovered that Samsung has yet to be patch (or even really acknowledge).

  • Jared Busch

    Not saying that Samsung is the new Apple, but Samsung has certainly become much more restrictive as time goes on. Knox, region restrictions and now this? can't say I like where all this is headed...

    • Romeo Bucur

      Straight into the loving arms of HTC.. or maybe Oppo.. there are plenty of other manufacturers that r just waiting for my cash...Oppo find 7.. here i come..

      • Guest123

        Just picked up an LG as Samsung wasn't on the list due to these types of issues, and I really like the LG.

        • Gator352

          I got an LG G2 for my mom. It's a bad ass phone!

      • Matthew Gardner

        Join the Glorious Nexus Master Race

      • Paul M

        Sony are the plucky underdog and really trying hard to make high spec beautiful devices, they're lightly skinned android. Give them a closer look. They make it easy to unlock bootloader, just check that your carrier hasn't prevented that.

        • Gator352

          If they were on Sprint, I might check them out. But I'm not switching carriers and pay higher prices with data caps just to get a phone. But I like Sony phones from what I've seen.

    • TY

      This time they are worse than Apple in some sense, rendering existing products useless without any warning through an update. This hurts customers and accessory makers. Even for Apple they only started preventing unauthorized 3rd party cables after introducing a new connector.

      • alamarco

        Completely agree with you. I did not like what Apple did, but at least they did it with new devices. Apple didn't break anything and Samsung mad a bad move with this. Blocking accessories people already paid for is going be a PR nightmare.

        • Chip Estrada

          What about Apple and Power Computing? Apple is still in the lead over phucked busness practices. Booo Apple and all their iDiot fan boys.

          • Mozaik

            THANK YOU for commenting , plz don't stress yourself too much, take your medication daily.

          • Gator352

            Sad thing is, is that he's correct.

          • Chip Estrada

            Of course I'm right. I've been messing around on computers back when you had to program them with cardboard punch cards. When waiting a half hour for a casset tape to load a 100 kilobytes was a way better option. I have forgotten more about computer than Mozaik will ever know.

          • Chip Estrada

            Oh look, an Apple Fanboy.... You are the only one stressed.

          • Chip Estrada

            And I do take my medication daily, but is does not prevent me from calling idiots what they are, it only prevents me from killing them(you). So you ahould thank the V. A. ;-j

      • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

        Worse? Apple has continually killed off charging cables many times over, even on the old 32-pin cables.

    • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

      Samsung is NOT becoming the new Apple...they're becoming the new Nokia - will raise to the top, then fall flat on it's face.

    • SSDROiD

      It's only a question of time before Samsung becomes the new Apple. All they need to do now is launch their own OS (Tizen).

  • Mr-Glass

    Nice job scumbag Samsung..

  • Mike Harris

    This is the kind of nonsense that makes me stop supporting a company. I've never bought anything ever from Apple and the last Sony product I bought was the PS2 back in 2001. I might have to add Samsung to that list.

    • tocsin

      What did Sony do? They seem pretty ethical and open which i love

      • Mike Harris

        Sony has a long history of doing unethical things, from rootkits to forcing you to buy Sony-branded peripherals that are unnecessarily non-standard, but mostly, they're just overpriced because of their name.

        I have only recently heard decent things about their phone division (from this blog), but it'll take a while before I spend any of my money to support them.

  • Tuấn Ankh

    I got a Mega 6.3 and I'm very happy with it. I planned to get a flagship maybe at the end of 2014... but now, nope. Who knows what new restrictions Samsung will come up with in this year. -_-

  • Jamie

    It is a good for the consumer to put restrictions on third party accessories with Batteries and Chargers where the possiblity of failure is the potential will bring a 'safety risk' (worse: household fire or death by electrocution).

    It not so a welcoming idea to the consumer when the decision to restrict is exploiting so to increase the revenue coffers (covers, cases and other accessories)

    • CoreRooted

      I disagree completely. For a manufacturer to say "You can only buy our batteries and accessories for your own protection" essentially stifles competition. It prevents smaller companies from succeeding in creating what could potentially be a better product at a cheaper price point AND also allows the manufacturer to charge whatever they want for said accessories.

      Now, if said manufacturer wants to say "You can purchase whatever accessories you want so long as you understand we will not be held responsible for [insert problem here]", I can understand that.

  • Anurag Madhai

    If that happens Samsung can take a big one up the butt. I don't want any company forcing me to buy their overpriced shit. Seems Gnote3 is going to see the recycle soon.

    • kevin

      I love this, Samsung rocks!!

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    Well Samsung is no good... At least we have Motorola.

    Moto.Moto.Moto.Moto FTW!!

    • John

      If you want an open sourced Android. batting for the Google might come back to sting you.

      Android coming more into an Google OS every update.

      A Google OS is not what HTC, Samsung and other OEMs will want! Motorola will not mind as it is as Google is Nokia being within Microsoft! - 'within the parent family'

      • nofearofimaginarymen

        I do not understand what you are trying to say. Android is a google os, only it's called android. Other oems want to make their product line unique with regards to others (don't like them but at least we have choices).

        • Matthew Fry

          I think his point is that as more and more functionality is moved to play services and play store applications, more and more of it is proprietary. OEMs don't like this because it means they can't disable/change functionality in their roms.

          • Steven J

            Oh darn. We annoyed the OEMs. Does that mean they can't make it "look better" and add their "features"?. Shucks... lol.

            Really though, to me, it all depends on how far they go. Google's still a lot better than most of the OEMs out there, most notably Samsung... Right now, Google is still maintaining the AOSP apps, to a certain extent. They're also adding functionality via their com.google.android apps, usually by tying in to their APIs and stuff. I don't really mind it, as long as they don't do something like push EVERYTHING to be closed source. We'll just have to see...

          • Matthew Fry

            Haha. I know. Sad for them huh?

          • Steven J

            Yeah lol. That's exactly why I switched to CM/AOSP on Nexus or Moto devices and never looked back lol.

          • Gator352

            Yes, they are becoming more integrated with Google services but they are moving most (if not all apps) into the play store to download at will. No longer will they be shoved in your face at first boot up.

    • Jamie

      Within Android the only challenge really that could be made from Samsung is from Google/Motorola themselves!

      Right or wrong time will tell!

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Well, looks like I won't be buying Samsung products from here on out.

  • http://www.MoazBambi.com/ Mars

    Welcome to Apple's.. I mean Samsung's world.

    I'm laughing at Samsung users just like I laughed long and hard on all the fun things Apple used to (and still does) treat their users with.

  • Andrew

    Glad I have bought a SamDung product in years.

    I'll be laughing a the Samsung dick riders defend Samsung here. As much as they want to hate Apple, they're becoming jut like them.

    • ShaneJax

      Engrish much?

      • Scott

        Must be part of of a framily plan.

  • Robert Hart

    Arrogant = Samsung

    Samsung shoots itself in the foot....again

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    It's sad that there are no Samsung Note alternative as of now. I mean S-Pen quality is really hard to beat, their display performance is one of the best, and especially their after sell service which are second to none (at least in Thailand).

  • Oobiewan

    Disgusting. Are they actually trying to boost their accessory sells this way? This way, really? If not, i don't see any other explanation...

  • Gav@aol.com

    SAMSUNG Please don't start this crap. I love my S4 and Tab but if you start making me purchase certain accessories the love affair is over. Wake up. You are going through great success right now. Don't change your style and ruin it.

  • david coffey

    oh give me a break. they're not blocking these accessories because their 3rd party, inferior and not well tested. they simply want you to buy their samsung branded accessories. companies like this can lick the underside of my nutsack after a 3 hour work out.

    • Greed

      Capitalism greed is your problem!

      • Gator352

        Better than communism.

        • Gabernasher

          But not quite as good as Socialism. Besides, Communism isn't all that bad.

          • Nick Wentz

            Yeah you're so right. Under communism East Berlin had such a higher standard of living vs the free Western side.

          • Gabernasher

            That was a dictatorship, noone enjoys a dictatorship.

    • Gator352

      Too bad most, if not all, Samsung accessories are over priced to the point they suck.

  • Fred

    Samsung sold so much phones and now they think they can do whatever they want like what Apple did what their customers. I most likely will not buy another Samsung phone, but they do come out with the fastest processors... I might just gonna give up some processing speed so I don't have to buy Android version of Apple.

    • Guest

      The Note 3's SD800 is faster than the N5's the Sony's and the LGG2.

      • TopXKiller

        Thats what he said

  • 808Bill

    Just wait for Apple to file a lawsuit against Samsung claiming that they patented this and all other dick moves.

    • Obvious

      Apple is like King.com so are patent trolls so right, it can be expected!

    • Russ Brown

      This totally needs to be an article on The Onion...

  • namesib

    Hm. Don't like this, but as long as they have microSD, replaceable batteries and hardware buttons I'll be buying.

    • Grayson Carr

      I will never understand Samsung fanboys.

      • Kevin Stevenson

        Samsung For Life!!!

      • smeddy

        I agree but that seems a rational post

        • Guest

          Hardware buttons is rational? Gotta love that menu key that keeps on giving.

          • Robb Nunya

            Yes. Hardware buttons are rational. Some people LIKE hardware buttons. You don't. Cool. But if I were to say that you were an idiot for not liking hardware buttons, then I'd be as big an idiot as you are for your post.

          • smeddy

            Thank you!

          • Robb Nunya

            Happy to be of (grumpy) service!

          • smeddy

            Yeh, I prefer hardware buttons.

          • namesib

            You like your screen space being used by virtual buttons and I don't. Nobody is more or less rational here. People throw around that word too liberally these days.

      • Matthew Fry

        LOL. Are we at this point already? Samsung hasn't died a hero, it's lived long enough to become the villain? I didn't realize there were fanboys. Everyone I know that has a Samsung device is like, "I guess it's a Samsung or something?"

      • namesib

        lmao. That would be valid if I said "as long as it's made by Samsung I'm buying", but I didn't. If any other manufacturer offered the combination of features I like then I would consider buying from them too. Conversely, if Samsung stopped offering those features then I would no longer buy their products. As it stands, Samsung seems to be the last major manufacturer that has unique hardware functions. If someone stuck with a brand that is characterised by their physical keyboard would they be fanboys too? I don't care about S-cases so these (easily removeable) restrictions don't affect my purchasing decisions in the same way that a lack of expandable storage or replaceable batteries may not affect yours. You need to learn what that word means.

    • vgergo

      4.4 update brought restrictions on microSD use, 3rd party batteries could be rejected with the next OTA. What else is left? svoice and s-crap book?

      • namesib

        Until batteries retain their life over the course of a two-year contract I am not interested in any device that doesn't have them (even if I'm forced to buy the manufacturer's version). I use my phone very intensively and charge it several times a day, so a fixed battery is unsuitable for me.

    • Gator352

      Yup, you'll be buying. Just not the cool accessories to go with it without paying an outrageous price and it only being from Samsung.

  • Luis Barahona

    defiantly an apple esque move

  • Jcastag

    Apparently samsung didn't realize with the failure of the gear that customers do not like being forced into doing what samsung wants, and using their devices on samsung only apps. Does samsung think customers will be happy being told that certain features of their phones only work if they only use a handful of priced samsung accessories? This is going to blow up in their face and they will lose more on sales and in customer perception than they think

  • cy_n_ic
  • DavidB23

    Yet another reason to avoid Samsung

  • mgamerz

    Oh look, bullshit apple tactics.
    Gonna turn into the next apple samsung, you're well on your way.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Aren't they already?

  • CJ456

    I thought that Samsung tried to be the anti-Apple not the new Apple. I would expect something like this from Apple, but I guess that considering recent Samsung movements I should have seen this one coming. Maybe the fact that they have such a large share of the smartphone market is making them think they can do whatever they want. The same happens because they have a fanboy base (l don't agree with being a fanboy of any brand). But the consumers vote with their wallet, and most don't care for this kind of these sick business practices, sadly.
    By the way, I wouldn't be surprised if the prices for their cases would rise soon. Just saying...

  • rap

    If they want to do this sort of restrictive thing and think it won't hurt them financially, then I guess they can. BUT the possibility should be announced in advance of purchase so those that invest in the 3rd party peripherals know they do so at their own risk. At a very minimum they should have announced it before the update so people could choose not to update if they want. This type of thing is low.

  • Febb

    This is totally unacceptable for end users (and, for sure for 3rd. party accessories manufacturers). Samsung is APPLEfying its business practices.
    I say this merits a boycott on Samsung until they understand their wrong and bad behavior.

  • Rick

    I really used to like Samsung. I have bought a lot of Samsung products over the years because I thought they make fairly high quality products, were reputable, and most of all, seemed to have the customer's interests in mind more than a lot of other companies. But then they had the stupid greedy idea of making the Galaxy Gear only compatible with a few Samsung devices (which has definitely backfired on them), and now this. Everyone who's making comparisons to Apple is pretty spot on. I have thousands of dollars in Samsung products, but I can guarantee I will never buy a Samsung product again, much like I have avoided Apple products for several years now because of their bad business practices.

    • Guest

      I'll still buy their TVs, the one I have has been going on 8 years and still working great. I would and have never bought a Samsung phone.

  • Leonardo Baez

    Die samsung Die.... never again will buy another samsung device

  • abobobilly

    Samsung Accessories. Overpriced. Period. If they think this ... stunt will make me buy them, then are wrong. (Translation: Sammy! You can suck a d***)

    I have been a Samsung lover for far too long and i dare say, i hate this new practice they have been growing fond of. I fear the day they'll employ Apple's tactics fully.

    I have a theory that Samsung might also try moving away from Google (in form of Tizen, maybe).

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  • vgergo

    My last samsung device

  • hairyback

    That is a deal breaker. Samsung has just been crossed off my list. Fortunately there are plenty of other android devices out there.

  • Rick Ramo

    I suppose you could go with the $100.00 Chinese copy.

  • Alonso Tucati

    What a bitch ass move. They should have warned every customer beforehand. That's really disgusting! However showes me again, what everyone should already know by now: These big company only treasure money. Consequently the more successful they are the less they care about each individual customer as his or her contribution to the company's revenue shrinks accordingly.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So Sammy is trying tp push people into buying a 500$+ device AND a 60$+ case/accessory for it? This is bullshit

  • Druter

    Samsung...don't pull an apple

  • Quinton

    This is one more reason not to buy Samsung devices. I have a Nexus 5, and couldn't be happier--you don't like their policies, don't buy their phones. There is plenty of good hardware out there to choose from.

  • rcrow490

    Have we forgotten how many times Samsung has been burned by stories of exploding galaxies? If I were them, I'd want to keep that crap from working too.

  • evertjr
    • Andrew Dodd

      So, Samsung released a press statement and automatically they're right and all of the evidence that contradicts their statement is wrong?

      Hint: This isn't the first time Samsung has blatantly lied to the public in a press release and it won't be the last. Remember how in 2012 they claimed they were "working hard" on the Superbrick fiasco and a month later released updates that started endangering GT-I9100s? (a previously unaffected device)

  • Simon Belmont

    The Apple-ification of Samsung continues. Shame on you, Samsung.

    Actually, I don't think Apple even blocks third-party accessories (or even warns about it) anymore like they used to. So, this is actually worse and an obvious money grab (forcing you to only buy their branded accessories).

    • Roh_Mish

      Currently they only warn about chargers that areare not certified

  • Golden Eagle

    Ladies and gentlemen, the sound you hear is the air being let out of Samsung's inflated head. What a horrible decision to sacrifice short term case profits for long term sustainability by people leaving Samsung in droves if this is their future.

  • Patruns

    One more reason why I am happy to see Nexus devices moving to other manufacturers.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    "To ensure a pleasant and smooth user experience with Samsung products" Yeah...sure...

  • Matthew Fry

    As they need to protect themselves from all of the bizarre claims of battery explosions I can see them doing a chip system for the batteries, but the case? What kind of malfunctions could be caused by a 3rd party case?

  • Matthew Brown

    I can understand it with things like batteries but cases...?

  • Jadephyre

    That response sounds like something Apple would post.
    A bullshit response, that's all it is.

  • calmdownbro

    When I started using my S3 LTE after I bought it, I already had the feel that I will never buy a Samsung product again. When the 4.3 update started rolling out and it introduced a crapload of bugs... my decision became solid.

    My next phone will be a Sony one. (I was trying to save money, but I was wrong.)

  • Paul M

    I had a Note2 (Euro LTE version, N7105) and contemplated getting a Note 3. Then I bought a Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and sold the note2. I am so glad I never went for the note 3 because of the region lock fiasco, and now this.
    Samsung, you are truly dead to me now.

    Sony, you're the plucky underdog in the android world, learn from the reaction to Samsung's arrogance and never copy them.

  • me

    Y'all are crazy, Samsung trying to become the next Iphone.. really comparing apples and oranges would be easier to explain..Samsung is most deff way better. Knox...lol one easy step to get it off your phone...why because Samsung left that open for the educated consumer to be able to remove it. IPhone on the other hand..what has changed..the size, the look...same op system...maybe upgraded a bit...same restrictions...same lame phone..people by it for the name that's it. Samsung people buy for quality, freedom, interface ect... get off the iPhone, I wipe my butt with the iPhone

    • Gabernasher

      Have you seen a recent Moto phone? Looked at a Nexus? That's what Android is about, Samsung is about as far from Android as you can get.

  • namesib

    lmao. That would be valid if I said "as long as it's made by Samsung I'm buying'", but I didn't. If any other manufacturer offered the combination of features I like then I would consider buying from them too. As it stands, Samsung seems to be the last major manufacturer that has unique hardware functions. If someone stuck with a brand that is characterised by their physical keyboard would they be fanboys too? You need to learn what that word means.

  • Steve McQueen

    Last May I was standing in a Best Buy trying to decide between a new One and the also new S4. Having had good luck with an HTC in the past I decided against the Samsung. Haven't regretted it one day. Just unlocked the bootloader and installed CM the other day too.

  • Primalxconvoy

    First intentional locking of phones and now this. I can see why Google is getting tired of Samsung. If they keep this up, my next phone won't be a Samsung.

    Anyway, I'm sure there will be 3rd party stops that mimic Samsung's features which will work with third party cases. No big deal.

  • sooper_gadget12

    I still don't know why people buy from Samsung. They're becoming more Apple than Apple.

  • sooper_gadget12

    I think Samsung thinks we're stupid because these two statements contradict themselves:

    "Of course, customers can continue to rely on third-party accessories. The full functionality of our devices and accessories, however, can only be ensured with genuine Samsung components, since only in this way it is ensured that equipment and accessories are perfectly matched."

    And...

    "A correlation between the Android version 4.4 and the supposed incompatibility of third-party accessories does not exist."

    So, using a third-party accessory cannot be ensured to have "full-functionality," yet no incompatibility of third-party accessories has been rendered. Riiiiiight.

  • s4 user

    If I wanted this kind of s61t id buy a sony or apple. My next phone might not be samsung if they keep this. Its bad enougg I cant use my phone in the car to play music. Cant even find a decent a/v cable thats well tested!

  • manalloy

    the same problem here . its waste in updating for kit kat os in note 3. fix this bug samsung.

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