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Samsung won’t have to update older phones anymore

Samsung was recently dragged to court by a consumer association that wanted Samsung to provide software updates for its smartphones for at least four years after launch.

  • Published: June 1, 2018 9:23 AM IST
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At a time when Android maker Google has been touting prompt and timely updates of its phones as one of its unique selling points, Samsung seems to be making things differently. Google’s practice with its own phones has endeared itself to the user and in what has become a not so happy news for older Samsung phone owners, the company has just won a case where the court ruled that they don’t need to update older phones.

Samsung was recently dragged to court by a consumer association that wanted Samsung to provide software updates for its smartphones for at least four years after launch. The court ruled in Samsung’s favor.

Almost all OEMs have an update cycle of 2 years with the exception of Google that provides an extra year. Though Google has worked to make it easier for the OEMs to update older Android devices, there still remains a big issue of malware on Android. And updates are required to prevent malware from taking hold of devices.

The consumer association took Samsung to court over this present concern, but the court decided in Samsung’s favor ruling that the association’s argument was “inadmissible” because it referred to “future acts.” Samsung on its part believes that a two year cycle of updates for its phones is and the frequency is “reasonable”.

The court stated that if, for instance, there is a point in future where Samsung finds that one of its devices has been affected by a malware that can be fixed with an update they can always do that. An even if it can’t fix the bug or malware with an update, it is unfair to hold Samsung liable for it.

  • Published Date: June 1, 2018 9:23 AM IST