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Galaxy Note 3 third-party accessory issues not due to KitKat upgrade: Samsung

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Samsung has quickly cleared the air regarding its Galaxy Note 3 third-party accessories issue, which were said to have become incompatible with the handset following the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade, as part of a speculated policy enforcement that required Note 3 accessories to be Samsung certified.

Previously, reports (our link) speculated that the third-party accessories for Samsung Galaxy Note 3would no longer run with the device after the recently released Android 4.4 KitKat update, that required authentic Samsung ID chips to be included on the accessories post the certification process, which enabling proper pairing.

However, the Korean consumer electronics giant firm, a few hours after these initial reports, addressed the issue, saying that the customers can continue using the third-party accessories and the issue has no relation with the Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

“To ensure a pleasant and smooth user experience with Samsung products for our customers, we recommend that only original accessories from Samsung are to be used. Of course, customers can continue to rely on third-party accessories. The full functionality of our devices and accessories, however, can only be ensured with genuine Samsung components, since only in this way it is certain that the equipment and accessories are perfectly matched. A correlation between the Android version 4.4 and the supposed incompatibility of third-party accessories does not exist,” stated the firm to All About Samsung, a German website.

Recently, Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat to its Galaxy Note 3’s Exynos processor variant. It has been understood that the first country to receive the Exynos Galaxy Note 3 update will be Russia, followed by other regions in the coming weeks.

The company is already rolling-out Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005), starting with Poland.


‘Note the date’: Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 3 Unpacked event for September 4th

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If anyone still had any doubts that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 3 on September 4th in Berlin, how about an official invitation just sent out to the press with the enigmatic title “Note the date”.

The invitation is for the usual Samsung Unpacked event, this time Episode 2, and hints at sketching and coloring, not leaving much to the imagination as to which phone will be revealed there.

Moreover, Samsung’s Smart App Challenge website itself says that submissions for innovative Galaxy Note family apps won’t start until September, giving us a further hint what will be presented at the Unpacked unveiling September 4th.

A parallel event will be held in New York, live streamed on Times Square, so US fans of the Note family will be given the due unveiling performance treatment as well.