Yesterday, the Korean publication ETNews published a report indicating that Samsung was looking at controlling the accessory market for its devices, by implementing an identification chip inside accessories such as smart covers and wireless chargers. Today, ETNews has followed up with another report, and this one says that Samsung is already testing that chip in accessories for the Galaxy Note 3.
ETNews cites industry sources saying Samsung has already distributed authorization chips to its own accessory making unit and suppliers and made their installation mandatory. Accessories that don’t include this ID chip won’t work as intended – it’s not clear what that means, though maybe we’ll see devices not getting charged properly, when, for example, we don’t use an authorized wireless charger?
Of course, this is just a rumor, but at least for now, there shouldn’t be a problem buying third-party accessories for the Note 3, thought it might become a problem with future devices, like the Galaxy S5.