Future Android phones and tablets could be guaranteed for five years of system updates, if new EU plans materialize.
The EU wants manufacturers to guarantee at least three years of operating system updates and an additional two years of security updates.
This is what Google and Samsung promise buyers of their devices, and what Apple currently exceeds for most devices. The draft proposals are designed to extend the life of devices in an effort to reduce e-waste.
In the bill, lawmakers say devices are often replaced early due to lack of updates. The environmental cost of this is significant, depending on the project.
It reads: “The surge in demand for smartphones and tablets, combined with their increased functionality, has led to an increase in the demand for the energy and materials needed to manufacture these devices in the market. EU, accompanied by an increase in their associated environmental impacts. Moreover, devices are often replaced prematurely by users and are, at the end of their useful life, insufficiently reused or recycled, resulting in a waste of resources.
The EU’s impact assessment claims that extending the lifespan of a phone or tablet by just one year could reduce the climate by around 25% of the entire market. mobile telephony. Beyond that, the proposed settlement claims that taking a phone’s lifespan to five years would be the equivalent of taking five million cars off the road (via Ars Technica).
The legislation also requires manufacturers to make spare parts available for at least five years after their launch. These include batteries, cameras, charging ports and others. Many manufacturers are already embarking on self-repair programs, but this legislation would effectively write it into law.
The overarching goal behind the plans is to ensure that phones and tablets are energy efficient and durable, easy to repair, upgrade and maintain, and reusable and reusable. to recycle. The legislation will now enter a consultation period.