FOLLOWING A SPATE of swollen and exploding batteries, docking stations that don't dock and myriad other substandard grey market imports, the Korean press has reported that Samsung plans to ban third party accessories.
According to Etnews, Samsung is considering adding a chip to their devices and accessories to ensure that only authentic Samsung accessories will work with its products. The news follows similar rumours from Apple, which is also said to be considering such a move.
Samsung has recently been dogged by problems stemming from faulty accessories and it recently pledged to replace faulty batteries that had swollen during use. In addition, several reports of devices catching fire have further fuelled fears.
Meanwhile in a counter move, after being drubbed in a documentary on Chinese television last week, Samsung has apologised for allegedly having used sub-standard components in its Chinese products and is offering free repairs to customers.
A quick search for "S4 battery" on a popular shopping website yielded 619 results, the vast majority being cheap Chinese imports, many of them with larger dimensions and thus sporting adapted battery covers.
There is speculation that the accessories authentication chip is already included but dormant on the recently launched Galaxy Note 3, but that remains to be confirmed.
A move like this could cause problems for legitimate manufacturers such as Philips, which makes one of the only docking speaker ranges for Android phones.
That is, unless Samsung plans to distribute the chips to "approved suppliers", which might be one option as opposed to a blanket ban, especially given that Samsung accessories don't abound in UK stores.
We've contacted Samsung requesting comment. µ
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