Samsung denies Italian watchdog’s claims that it throttles older phones
Samsung has struck back over claims it purposely lowers its older products as a means of motivating owners to buy the newest models. Both the Korean business and Apple have been examined by Italy’s antitrust body over alleged’ planned obsolescence.’
The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) said both companies put into practice “a general industrial policy benefiting from the absence of particular elements to control the performance times of the products of theirs and cause consumers to purchase brand new versions.” If correct, this would infringe on 4 individual articles of Italy’s national consumers’ code.
Apple, of course, has admitted to throttling performance in more mature iPhones by having an iOS update. It claims this’s for all the users’ advantage as it stops unexpected shutdowns brought on by degraded batteries, but that has not stopped a selection of cases getting launched against the organization for not being open about its activities.
Shortly after Apple’s admission, HTC and Motorola stated they do not throttle smartphone CPU performance based on age. Lg and samsung eventually create similar statements.
Responding to the probe, Samsung said in a statement to Nikkei that it “does not supply the software updates to lower the product overall performance over the life cycle of the device.” The spokesperson added that “We will completely cooperate with Italian Authority for Market and also Competition’s study in Italy to make clear the facts.”
Last week, Tim Cook said an upcoming iOS revision would allow users to turn off the electric battery throttling Power Management feature, but which has not placated the anger of buyer groups, which includes 1 in South Korea which has filed a criminal complaint against the Cupertino boss. The Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty is accusing Apple of destruction of fraud and property.