In the network you can find a lot of user reviews complaining about the negative impact of updates on the performance of your smartphone. This problem affects both iPhone users and Android devices. The case was taken by the Italian competition authority, which stated that Apple and Samsung were accelerating the ageing of products using software updates. A multi-million dollar fine was imposed on both companies.
I know a few people who do not update their smartphones and installed applications. To some extent, I understand their decision, but I do not support it. After all, an un-updated smartphone is greedy for cybercriminals. On the other hand, concerns about the negative impact of software updates on the performance of mobile devices are fully justified. A good example here is Apple, which specifically reduced the clock speed of the iPhone processor with old batteries. This change was to be guided by the good of users, but Apple acknowledged the error. The new iOS allows users to disable the implemented limitation. However, Italian officials considered it a deliberate ageing of the product and ordered Apple to pay a fine of 10 million euros. In turn, Samsung was fined EUR 5 million for the alleged slowdown of Galaxy Note 4, which appeared in 2014. The Italians imposed a penalty based on complaints from clients, and Samsung did not provide evidence during the trial that would deny accusations.
Are Samsung and Apple guilty?
Apple lawyers can have quite a bit of work writing an appeal. Finally, there is clear evidence that individual iOS updates have limited the CPU clock speed. On the other hand, this treatment was not entirely a deliberate ageing of the product. In the end, Apple used this trick so that older iPhones (i.e., copies of used batteries) do not discharge during unexpected moments. That’s why Apple can still appeal against the allegations. So far, the matter has not been commented on by the Cupertino giant.
Samsung’s case looks completely different. Here the allegations relate to complaints from customers who have updated the software in the Galaxy Note 4. We all know that new versions of Android have higher hardware requirements and have new functionalities that simply need more powerful equipment. That’s why smartphone manufacturers have to be quite cautious about adopting new versions of Android to older devices. Samsung evidently disagrees with the allegations made by the Italian competition authority. The Korean smartphone manufacturer intends to appeal against the imposed penalty:
Samsung did not issue any software update that reduced the Galaxy Note 4’s performance. In contrast, Samsung has always released software updates enabling our customers to have the best experience possible.