A few years ago, Apple was basically the only mobile phone manufacturer that continued to release system updates for its mobiles for several years. Today, it looks better, but many are still disappointed with how short the lifespan of phones can be if you want to stick to the latest Olympic versions.
That updates are important is shown, among other things, by the fact that users with really old phones can no longer use certain important apps, for example, Swedish Bank ID. The app will soon stop working on systems older than iOS 12 and Android 6.
A new bill at EU level wants to change that, reports SVT. The proposal is being investigated and negotiated, and the plan is to be able to vote on it as early as next summer. According to one of Sweden’s negotiators, Carlos Lopes at the Swedish Energy Agency, there is currently talk of a minimum of five years of updates.
Apple keeps its phones the longest in the industry, and currently has phones that are between 5 and 6 years old that can still be updated to the latest system version (Iphone 6S was released in September 2015). Samsung now guarantees three years of Android updates.