Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may already have “approval chip” in accessories

October 23, 2013
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Yesterday, we told you about Samsung’s apparent plans to put chips in their accessories. In doing so, they’ll create an environment where only their accessories will work with their devices. While we initially thought it would be things like chargers, it may go much deeper than that.


According to ETNews, Samsung has already started the process with their Note 3. According to ETNews, which sites “insiders”, Samsung has already begun sending out chips to their accessory providers and proprietary accessory supply factory. These chips have apparently been included in everything from the charger (expected) to the Note 3 flip case.

ETNews also reports the cases will not work properly without said chip. This also applies to wireless chargers, though the covers work in unison with the wireless charging cradle, so it’s not yet clear just how far reaching this is. It’s also worth noting that both of those accessories are Samsung’s, though the report mentions they have distributed these chips to accessory suppliers.

Whether “suppliers” refers to third-party manufacturers who supply parts to Samsung -- or approved accessory suppliers -- is unknown. If this is a move to create an environment where only Samsung branded accessories work with Samsung devices, we’d expect a lot of backlash from users. If this program affects all devices and accessories at some point, we’d also expect Samsung to make a big push to get these accessories into more stores.

VIA: Android Authority


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  • MrMLK

    I am currently using my Note 3 with the official Wireless cover and a Nokia Qi base. So at least they haven’t gone so far as to break compatibility with the Qi standard.

    • Will

      Where did you purchase the cover

  • Joe

    I received one of the new cases with the open top 1/3 for viewing their proprietary clock and weather information. You have to remove the original back of the Note 3 and replace it with the back of the flip cover. There are 2 prongs inside the back cover that connect inside the phone. When you open the cover it switches your Homescreen to full and when you close it it returns to the Clock interface. I removed the whole case because I didn’t like the way the lid began to stay partially open after only a few uses with it folded back out of the way.

  • APai

    what a dick move by samsung

  • Kellic

    Apple pulled this shit years ago and got a fairly heavy backlash off of it. This is one move I WOULD like to see Apple sue them over.

  • Dominic GoodSpeed

    I AND EVERYBODY THAT I KNOW WILL STOP USING SAMSUNG PRODUCTS IF THIS IS INSTITUTED. SAMSUNG IS TAKING THEIR LEAD IN THE MARKET AND DOING THE SAME DUMB SHIT APPLE DID AND DELL DID TO LOSE THEIR MARKETSHARE. HOW STUPID……

  • ongboy

    I already use note 3 more than one months
    But have some problem with application
    Game and movie player still not yet look into
    Problem feel back may times