Three Years? Five Years? Germany Wants Smartphones To Get Seven Years Of Updates

The EU also wants spare parts to be readily available.


Not too long ago, Android smartphone manufacturers used to shy away from providing software updates. Still, thanks to fierce competition from Apple, the “no updates” or “two years of updates” mantra has been replaced by three years of updates and four years of security patches.

Meanwhile, the EU implemented a new law to force manufacturers to provide at least five years of updates, and now the same is being increased to at least seven years by the German Federal Government.

According to, a spokesperson from the German Federal Government said, “In negotiations with the EU commission, the federal government wants to advocate strict environmental regulations for smartphones and tablets. Spare parts and security updates should be available for seven years, and they should be made available at a reasonable price.”

The Federal Government also wants to ensure that parts are delivered as quickly as possible (five working days) as longer wait times might force customers to exchange their devices.

This is a big win-win for regular customers and enthusiasts who want to use their phones longer and want the spare parts to be easily available at a lower price. This will ensure that customers don’t switch phones too often.

What’s your take on this? Do let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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