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Seven Year Device Support? It May Happen After This.


Sep 6th 2021 at 05:52pm by Queens King

The Queens King

The Queens King is a freelance tech writer and enthusiast

That is if you live in the European Union. If Germany and the European commission get their way, if you owned something such as say a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (2016), you'd be guaranteed repairability until 2023. Those who need their old devices pried from their cold fingers will take note.


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The European Commision (EC) is an independent branch of the EU which is enforces laws and brings forth legislation. The feds in Germany wants smartphone and tablet manufactueres to ensure seven security updates for each device released, which is more than what the most generous device makers provide. 


Apple for instance typically supports their devices for six years, which Samsung provides at least five security updates. This doesn't mean however that those devices will keep up to pace with the latest operating systems. As an example, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 for example, stop receiveing OS updates as early as 2017. By contrast, it did receive a security patch in November of 2020. 


In addition to security updates Germany is proposing that spare parts be available for devices seven years after they have been released, wants those parts to be available for a decent price, and wants those prices to be announced without price increases taking place over that seven year window. Additionally, the EC also wants spare parts to be delivered within a work week. The idea is that by preventing manufacturers from delaying the shipment of parts, it would not motivate users to upgrade to a newer device out of frustration.


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While this is happening on the eastern side of the pond, it will have a ripple effect on the market if this passes. Last year, Apple had to pay out $113M because of its slowdown scandal, and it is not uncommon to hear smartphone users complain about the price of parts once a device has run its course by replaced by a newer model on the market. This could be a win for users in the long run, but we are sure there will be a fight.


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