In a strange move from Germany towards smartphone manufacturers, the federal government there is pressing the European Union to force companies to provide security updates for phones for up to 7 years, as well as guarantees for maintenance and parts for a longer period.
The European Union had prepared a memo to force smartphone manufacturers to provide security updates for 5 years – currently being discussed – but Germany wants to go further with an additional two years.
The European Union proposal is currently facing opposite pressures from DigitalEurope, which represents major technology companies, including smart phone manufacturers, and will certainly join the confrontation with the German proposal to extend the period.
DigitalEurope wants smartphone security updates to be sent to no more than 3 years, and to limit warranty and phone parts to batteries and screens only, while the EU demands all parts, including cameras, headphones, etc.
It is expected that the smartphone manufacturers represented by DigitalEurope will reach an agreement with the European Union on the mandatory period of security updates and the quality of warranty on spare parts in the coming months, but it is not yet known whether it will be more than the mandatory 3 years or not.
It is noteworthy that Apple sends security updates to users for 5 years optionally, and Samsung sends updates for 4 years as well, while most other companies are limited to providing security updates for 2-3 years.