A few days ago, users were reporting that the KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3 disabled some unofficial accessories. Third-party S-View cases, which would trigger a special screen mode when closed, were no longer recognized by the Note 3 after the update. At the time, Samsung's response claimed that "a correlation between the Android version 4.4 and the supposed incompatibility of third-party accessories does not exist" and suggested that users buy official Samsung accessories. Today Samsung sent a new statement to Ars Technica:
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.
Samsung now says that the update did indeed break some third-party accessories, and an update is on the way to fix it. As we noted when we initially reported on this issue, it didn't make sense for this to be a malicious act by Samsung—it doesn't gain much by purposefully sabotaging third-party accessories. It's good to see the company acknowledging and addressing the problem.