EU wants Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android to provide software updates for seven years
A smartphone’s software updates can significantly extend its lifespan and keep users up to date with the latest features in the market. Now Germany is considering making updates on iOS and Android mandatory.
Under the proposed law, devices running on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android smartphone software would have to provide software support to every user for seven years., which could especially benefit Android users who don’t receive consistent updates.
Do Apple and Google Provide Enough Updates?
Most Apple devices receive updates for up to five years. The more expensive the model, the higher the chances of regular device updates. On the other hand, Android devices face a lag when it comes to updates – the average device support time being three years.
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Google is working to change that, with Samsung at the forefront. The new law in Germany would mandate seven years of support for all devices. The German government passes the law to the European Union, which would also oblige companies to supply spare parts for smartphones for at least seven years.
Currently, the European Commission is trying to mandate five years of support for a device.
How do businesses feel?
Companies are not idle. According to C’t, an industry advocacy group with Google, Apple and Samsung at the helm is pushing for looser regulations.
“DigitalEurope” wants at least three years of regular updates. In addition, he also wants only batteries and displays to be made available as spare parts. The new law which is still taking shape would come into force in the EU by 2023 and aims to reduce the harmful effects of smartphones on the environment.
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The EU wants users to keep their devices for as long as they can and companies to provide support for as long as each user has the device.
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