Third-party accessories won’t work on Galaxy Note 3 once updated to KitKat
The Android 4.4 KitKat update on the phablet seems to disable all third-party cases completely
If you remember, recently Samsung initiated a new policy that would allow only officially certified accessories to work on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as well as future devices. In all, if an accessory doesn’t include the official Samsung identification chip, it won’t work on Galaxy Note 3. So far, it seems fair, the company is simply protecting its rights and there is always exception for some third-party accessories to pass between the rain drops.
The bad news, however, comes with the Android 4.4 KitKat update on the phablet that seems to disable all third-party cases completely. It seems the policy is now working on a higher capacity. There have been lots of reports at XDA that indicate the problem, as for example accessories like the Spigen S-View cover no longer works with the handset once its updated to KitKat. This means that Spigen is selling non-functional accessories when it comes to Galaxy Note 3 and this could be a huge water stone for the new Spigen armor cases for the Note 3 in development.
Still, there’s a solution for the S-View issue as there’s always a way to cheat the system. According to a member of XDA, you’ll need to have the official Samsung S-View cover as well so you can tear off the IC chip from it and put it on the Spigen one. You’ll also need to put the magnet from one of the earphones in order to the Spigen case to start working.
This only means that Samsung has added a form of identification on its latest Android setup in order to make third-party accessories utterly useless and probably this would trigger accessory makers to start licensing the official ID chips.
In addition, we advise you to refrain yourselves from purchasing random third-party accessories for your Note 3 whatsoever.