If you’ve been fuming with anger and frustration after updating to Android 4.4 KitKat on your Galaxy Note 3 and being unable to use your third-party accessory, well, Samsung has heard your cries. After saying that the update didn’t have anything to do with breaking accessories compatibility, Samsung has now backtracked and said that a bug in the KitKat update is to blame for breaking select third-party accessories. Which is to say they realized it was a stupid move that they weren’t going to get away with, and so they’re now going to fix things up.
Samsung issued the following statement:
We have currently identified a software compatibility issue with the Galaxy Note 3 update to Android 4.4 (KitKat) and select 3rd party accessories. A software update will be available shortly. We are committed to offering a diverse and reliable mobile experience for all customers, providing continued support and solutions for any issues that arise with product updates for both Samsung manufactured and third-party accessories.
It’s good to see the company realizing it has erred, instead of being adamant about the whole “it’s for your own safety as we can make sure all accessories work properly after they pay us money for a license” point of view. There’s no telling when the update will start rolling out, but whenever it does, you can be sure we’ll let you know about it.