Samsung’s blockbuster gross sales of Galaxy gadgets may just invite comparisons to Apple, however the similarities between the 2 corporations finish there. That’s, unless the Korean electronics behemoth revised its coverage on 1/3-birthday celebration equipment.
Taking a page from Apple’s playbook, only accessories certified by Samsung – i.e., those made by companies willing to license Samsung’s identification chip – will be compatible with devices going forward, starting with the Galaxy Note 3. Some Note users who updated to Android 4.4 KitKat found that out the hard way when their third-party cases stopped working.
There is a way around the restriction, but it requires root access. A few handy developers have come up with a few Xposed Framwork mod tweaks that allow “unofficial” accessories to function as they did before the update. Methods like these always carry a certain amount of risk, though, so should you wish to try it, precede with caution.
While Samsung’s new policy is certain to increase the company’s revenue, I can’t help but feel it will alienate the large contingent of users who’ve invested in unapproved accessories. As the new policy is likely to stay, I can only hope the company does a better job informing customers of such big changes in the future.