Samsung starts killing-off functionality for unauthorized cases
If you were still holding on to the belief that Samsung might be one of the “cool” smartphone companies out there, not actively going out of its way to screw-over its users, last year saw that house of cards go a-tumblin’ down, with the Galaxy Note 3 at the forefront. First that was that bull about the SIM card region locking, and then in October we heard whispers about an upcoming system that would prevent Samsung phones like the Note 3 from functioning with “unauthorized” accessories. At the time, the system still wasn’t live, and we lacked a lot of details on just what it would entail, but all that has now changed: with the release of the Note 3’s KitKat update, Samsung is now actively blocking certain accessories.
What does this change mean? If you have an unapproved third-party case for your Note 3 (like that one up top), it will no longer function properly once your KitKat update is installed. For instance, if you were using a case that had an S-View-style cutout window on its flip cover, the phone will no longer give you that special S-View display when closed.
There are already software work-arounds to restore S-View functionality if you’re willing to root your phone.
At least when Apple started detecting unauthorized Lightning charging cables there was some (minor) semblance of a legitimate rationale: you don’t want shoddy cables shorting out and starting a fire, right? But disabling something as benign as a case? Petty with a capital P.