Market leaders do not have an easy life. They are often targeted by various organizations that accuse them of using unlawful practices. According to the Italian antimonopoly organization AGCM, Samsung and Apple plan obsolescence of their smartphones by means of software updates. In the case of Apple, we know what the cause of such accusations is. However, it is not known why Samsung was also targeting the organization. The Koreans have already issued a statement in which they denied the allegations.
Intended or planned obsolescence of the product consists in the fact that the manufacturer designs the device in such a way that after a certain time (e.g. 2 years) it no longer meets the consumer’s expectations, which is to force him to buy a new product. In Apple’s case the problem is that the manufacturer has confirmed the use of mechanisms that reduce the performance of iPhones with older batteries. Users were not informed about the changes introduced by individual iOS updates, which is why some of them felt cheated. Apple, on the other hand, pleaded guilty only after publishing results from the Geekbench benchmark, which confirmed the previous guesses of Internet users. In turn, many manufacturers of Android smartphones have benefited from the confusion created around Apple and announced that in their smartphones the performance of the processor is not artificially limited.
Samsung said it does not age its smartphones.
The Italian antimonopoly department conducts two proceedings. The first of these concerns the Cupertino company and here we all know what thread will be tested. Anyway, Apple’s lawyers must counteract similar accusations in courts in the United States, France and Israel. In the case of Samsung, this is the first case of this type. However, the comments of the Koreans are clear:
“Samsung does not provide the software updates to reduce the product performance over the life cycle of the device. We will fully cooperate with Italian Authority for Market and Competition’s investigation in Italy to clarify the facts.”
Of course, you can find opinions on the web that Android smartphones slow down over time. However, this is due to the fact of installing an increasing number of applications that run in the background. The same applies to updates introducing the new version of Android. Usually, it is more resource-consuming, so the owners of older smartphones have the impression that their devices are extremely slow after an upgrade.