Although significant smartphone manufacturers are going to offer operating system and security upgrades for between one year to five years on smartphones, the German federal government is making attempts to move the number to seven years.
Moreover, according to the latest reports, the recent timeline is going to offer smartphones more of a computer-like-life cycle. Also, the German federal government intends to diminish the number of smartphones people purchase over a larger time frame and provide help with the e-waste problem.
According to a recent report issued by Engadget, Germany is driving the European Union to review the previous plan of five years of security upgrades and spare parts accessibility. Nevertheless, the proposal has become subject to criticism from producers. An industry advocacy group, DigitalEurope, that represents different tech giants, including Apple, Google and Samsung demands a condition for only three years of security upgrades.
Apart from this, the DigitalEurope group demands to restrict spare parts to screens and batteries, which are more frequently get damaged or impact serviceability with the passage of time.
The California-based Cupertino giant Apple today upgrades its iPhones for five years. On the other hand, the majority of Android manufacturers is going to max out at three years. However, Samsung recently decided to offer four years of updates.
The extended updates would permit users to utilize the same smartphones over an extended, possibly double the average life of 2.5 to 3.5 years that we are currently experiencing.
According to another report, this movement could further be essential in order to support mobile security by and large. At the same time, older devices lose support for newer security updates, and people continue to use them, making them vulnerable to newer forms of malware or other attacks. Longer periods of updates could allow these phones to be secure for longer, giving attackers lesser potential targets.