Apple has been under investigation in France for allegations of planned obsolescence due to the #iphoneslow scandal, and now Italy is joining the investigatory party, dragging in Android rival Samsung as well.
According to Reuters, Italy’s Antitrust body is investigating Apple and Samsung both, alleging that the companies have “a general commercial policy taking advantage of the lack of certain components to curb the performance times of their products and induce consumers to buy new versions.”
The agency states that the companies do not notify users that software updates run the possibility of slowing down their phones, and might be using consumer ignorance to prompt users to upgrade.
While Apple has faced claims of planned obsolescence and slowed down hardware before, the batterygate or #iphoneslow scandal was the very first time the firm admitted to actually slowing down devices, albeit supposedly to extend the life of the phone.
Samsung and other Android OEMs have denied slowing down their smartphones with updates., and no similar benchmarks have surfaced to put the lie to this claim — though some have pointed out that the coincidence Android OEMs and benchmark cheating might make this hard to quantify. The former has also declined to comment at this time on these reports.
The watchdog will be investigating these allegations, and will be levying fine against these companies should there be substantial truth to the allegations.