Apple and Samsung fined MILLIONS for slowing down smartphones

Apple and Samsung fined MILLIONS for slowing down smartphones

Apple and Samsung fined MILLIONS for slowing down smartphones

The Italian Competition Authority, or AGCM, fined Apple and Samsung 5 million euros (about $5.6 million) each for releasing software updates that "significantly reduced" the performance of phones, the authority said in a release.

The investigations followed accusations worldwide that both companies encourage system updates that slow older phones and make them obsolete.

Apple and Samsung have both landed themselves in hot water over in Europe, where an Italian consumer protection board has handed down some hefty fines for smartphone software updates that caused slowdowns and malfunctions on customers phones. The watchdog also believes that Apple didn't inform customers about the means to keep their devices in top condition, and therefore it inadvertently created an environment in which users were forced to buy newer devices.

This is not the first time Apple has been accused of deliberately throttling the performance of its older phones.

Our community cares deeply about receiving the latest Android software updates. Apple later released a fix to the problem, iOS 10.2.1, but consumers weren't warned that it would throttle CPUs on older devices.

The two companies have been fined €10m (£8.82m) and €5m (£4.41m) respectively by investigators in Italy for what they are calling "planned obsolescence".

Samsung and Apple were slapped with a €5 million fine each.

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The Italian Authority for Market and Competition just issued a $5.7 million fine to Samsung.

Both firms must publish a declaration on their Italian websites telling consumers of the authority's decision.

The firm apologized for its actions and cut battery replacement costs.

The AGCM says Samsung didn't warn users that could happen.

A similar investigation is still ongoing in France, where it's illegal to shorten a product's life span to boost sales, the Guardian reports. The authority also argued that Apple should have issued instructions about replacing the battery in the iPhone.

Samsung for example told Note 4 users that install the Marshmallow update without informing them "of serious malfunctions due to the greater stresses of the hardware" - malfunctions that led to expensive out-of-warranty repairs in many cases.

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