After Apple, Samsung is now under the scanner for slowing down its phones

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Recently, the smartphone giant Apple has been mired in a controversy which accused the company of intentionally slowing down older iPhones in order to persuade customers to upgrade to the newer models. It looks like now Samsung is also being pulled up for following similar tactics. 

Italy’s Anti-Trust Authority has called upon Apple and Samsung for following unfair trade practices in the industry. It stated, “Commercial policy aimed at exploiting the shortcomings of some (tech) components to reduce the performance of their products over time and persuade consumers to purchase new versions.”

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The regulator further went on to explain, “The two companies failed to “provide enough information for the maintenance of adequate performance levels of the devices, which were promoted and purchased based on their specific and elevated technological characteristics.”

There’s no response yet from Samsung on this matter but the gist of the whole matter is that Samsung could also be using new software updates to slow down older phones, which could invariably urge users to purchase a newer Samsung smartphone. This despite the fact that their older phone is perfectly capable of functioning without any slowdowns as such. 

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(Also read: Apple will allow its users to shut down the battery management system in the next software update) 

In recent time, Apple was called up by a post on Reddit which claimed that the performance of older iPhones was being affected due to newer software updates. Apple accepted that it throttled the performance to ensure the longevity of the batteries inside its iPhones, and Apple also offered a discount in battery replacement for anyone with an older iPhone. Recently, Apple also stated that it will allow its users to shut down the battery management system for an improved performance instead. 

What do you guys think about the whole scenario? Is it going to be affect a global brand like Samsung. Let us know in the comments section below. 

 

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