Italy: Apple, Samsung fined over software updates

According to a report from The Guardian, Italy’s antitrust watchdog announced on Wednesday, October 24, it was fining Apple and Samsung Electronics €5 million (US$5.7 million) each following complaints they used software updates to slow down their mobile phones.

An investigation launched in January by the nation’s competition authority found that certain smartphone software updates had a negative effect on the performance of the devices.

Believed to be the first ruling of its kind against smartphone manufacturers, the investigation followed accusations that installing operating system updates for older phones slowed them down, thereby encouraging the purchase of new phones.

In a statement the antitrust watchdog said, “Apple and Samsung implemented dishonest commercial practices” and that operating system updates “caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced performance, thus accelerating phones’ substitution.”

Full Content: The Guardian

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