Past the Alphabet

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Past the Alphabet is a weekly column that focuses on the tech world each in and out of the confines of Mountain View.

Apple lately settled a class action suit in British Columbia, Canada, for slowing down older iPhone fashions with software program updates, a case that wasn’t all that completely different from an analogous lawsuit that was settled within the U.S. final summer time. Nonetheless, it received me occupied with how Google revealed that it will supply seven years of software program updates for the Pixel 8, and now I’m wondering if Google could finally go down the identical street as Apple.

With out admitting something nefarious, Apple claimed this was being carried out with gadgets starting from the iPhone 6 as much as the iPhone XS Max. By slowing down sure fashions, Apple maintains that the purpose is to make sure that your system “operates as designed and inside parts are protected.” After all, Apple received its fingers caught within the cookie jar, however I can not assist however really feel that historical past will repeat itself, simply on the Pixel facet of issues.

A couple of of us have already written about what we take into consideration Google’s promised plans relating to Pixel software updates. Whereas I am nonetheless a fan of the transfer and assume Google ought to’ve led the preliminary cost, I can not shake the concept it would not actually matter in the long term, and here is why.

Average lifespan of smartphones in the United States

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First, how many individuals truly preserve the identical telephone for seven years? A report by Statista printed in August 2023 revealed that the “common lifespan (alternative cycle size)” of smartphone possession is rather less than three years. And that is only for the buyer facet of issues, as the common drops even decrease for the enterprise market.