Recently there have been reports that Samsung is being investigated over alleged planned obsolescence for their phones. This allegation was made in Italy by the country’s local watchdog group. This is despite the fact that Samsung had previously volunteered information that they do not purposely slow their phones down.

Unsurprisingly Samsung has since come forward and denied those allegations. In a statement issued by Samsung last week, “Samsung does not provide the software updates to reduce the product performance over the life cycle of the device. We will fully cooperate with Italian Authority for Market and Competition’s investigation in Italy to clarify the facts.”

As we said, Samsung has previously denied these allegations and this is actually the first time that the company has been hit with such claims. This follows Apple’s recent admission that they do slow down older iPhones, but Apple claims that this is done out of so-called good intentions where prior to the update, phones with degrading batteries were found to reboot and shut down at random.

That being said, Apple has recently confirmed that they will be issuing an update to iOS in the future which will allow users to disable throttling, although presumably this will come with the risks mentioned above.

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