14 September 2021
The longevity of any device today would be a reward for the hard-earned money you spend. But, perhaps we are still quite some miles away from achieving this reward.
Although several companies have been pushing themselves to offer long-term support to their devices, the inconsistency is still pretty dominant. Speaking of the Android world, other than Google, Samsung has promised to offer at least four years of security updates to its devices. Other OEMs are still struggling and quite inconsistent as well.
Apple iPhones, on the other hand, generally offer around five years of updates, which is indeed better than what Android phones offer, but this still depends on the model.
Germany wants this inconsistent support to change with respect to Android and iOS devices. As per c’t, a German computer magazine, the Federal Government wants to impose strict regulations for smartphones and tablets. Reportedly a spokesperson said to the magazine that phone makers should offer seven years of security updates. That's two years longer than a recent EU Commission proposal. The new proposed rules come in negotiations with the European Commission, which is already looking to require five years of support.
Together with the long-term support and security updates, the spare parts should also be available for seven years. Well, that’s a big commitment to ask for, seeing the condition of smartphones today. In addition, the spokesperson reportedly also said that the replacement parts should be made available “at a reasonable price.”
Upon asking how quickly the spare parts should be delivered, the spokesperson reportedly said it is yet to be advocated.
With these demands, the Federal Government goes beyond the recently announced proposals of the EU Commission. The commission plans to make updates and spare parts mandatory for five years, while tablet spare parts are to be available for six years. In addition, she wants to force manufacturers to publish the prices of spare parts and not to increase them afterward - but she does not plan to set prices.