Apple And Samsung Get Fined Millions Each For Slowing Down Users’ Phones

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Apple and Samsung have been slapped with a hefty fine each for reportedly slowing down users’ phones.

The Italian Competition Authority or AGCM has slapped each company with a €5 million (US$5.7 million) levy for releasing software updates that reduced the performance of the brands’ gadgets.

According to AGCM, this led to consumers buying new phones. Apple was also fined an additional €5 million (US$5.7 million) for not providing enough information on proper ways to maintain and replace its phone batteries.

Last December, Apple admitted that it had reduced the performance of older iPhones to offset battery issues. However, it denied that this move wasn’t intended to get customers to purchase its latest models. Both Apple and Samsung makers also have to publish a declaration to inform its customers about the AGCM’s decision on their Italian websites.

Samsung said that it was disappointed with the decision made by Italian watchdog. It explained that the performance updates issued to customers were never intended to reduce the performance of its Galaxy Note 4. The updates are always aimed for users to have the best experience on its phones and will take necessary steps to appeal the decision.

[via The Guardian, opening image via Nebojsa Markovic /]

Apple And Samsung Get Fined Millions Each For Slowing Down Users’ Phones

October 25, 2018 at 04:11AM
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