Berlin In all cases, it seems to be about the important GPS module: there is a need for correction with regard to location determination. In addition, the updates should provide for further stability improvements.
Many smartphone lives will be extended
It is not possible to estimate how many millions of smartphones Samsung will extend the service life through the updates. What is certain, however, is that a phone with inaccurate or non-functioning position determination will be retired sooner rather than later.
Updates are available for the Galaxy models S5 Neo, Alpha, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, A7 (2018), S7, S7 Edge, S8 and S8+. “Teltarif.de ” recommends that owners of these devices check the update manually: simply call up software updates in the settings – in case of doubt, at regular intervals, because updates are usually distributed not in one fell swoop for everyone, but in waves.
New update duty is a blunt sword
For devices with software sold since the beginning of the year – including smartphones – an EU-wide update obligation applies. However, one cannot rely on this, criticizes the European Consumer Center Germany. On the one hand, because the EU directive attributes the update obligation not to the manufacturers, but to the dealers.
On the other hand, because retailers do not have to specify how long the digital product is guaranteed to be updated before buying. Because this period is not exactly defined by law. Buyers could only try to include the factor of software updates in their purchase decision based on criteria such as the price, the usual service life of the device, update promises and manufacturer experience.