Hot Potato: There is no denying that phones are expensive gadgets. Many of them cost more than $1,000, and most people expect to keep them for many years, but patches and security updates only last for a limited time. The German government believes consumers need a better deal and wants the EU to have seven years of security updates and cost-effective parts.
The European Union is now proposing that manufacturers be required to provide five years of security updates for their devices. German newspaper Hayes writes that Germany believes this is not enough time and is working on a mandatory seven-year period for affordable parts and parts.
Surprisingly, the DigitalEurope Technology Support Group, whose members include Samsung, Apple and Google, is not keen on offers. It wants to maintain the current level of three years of mobile security updates, which most Android manufacturers offer - Samsung recently extended this to four years, while Apple usually offers five. You also want to limit the need for spare parts for monitors and cameras only. Give it back seven years. After receiving security patches, they remain on older operating systems, making phones vulnerable to attacks, as well as reducing the environmental impact of constant upgrades to newer devices. Android Police points out that those who live in Europe may not want to get too excited just yet. Germany is currently in the middle of an election, and it may be so rare that politicians promise to deliver what they will never do after being elected, but even if that doesn't happen, the five- EU law could come into force in 2023.
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