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Samsung doesn’t have to update your phone after two years, court rules

If you’re still clutching onto that Galaxy S6 in the vain hope Samsung might update the software, it’s probably time to give up the ghost.

A consumer advocacy group in the Netherlands has lost a court case after arguing Samsung should continue updating its phones for at least four years after they go on sale.

Consumentenbond had pushed for Samsung to continue pushing the latest Google security updates to its handsets for much longer than the two years it currently pledges.

The group also claimed Samsung hasn’t been pushing those crucial security fixes to customers in a timely fusion.

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The court rejected both arguments, calling them “inadmissible” because they pertained to “future acts”.

The group said it was “disappointed” with the verdict and likened the situation to a car manufacturer who has an obligation to ensure the car remains safe and reliable.

“Samsung chooses to bring so many models to the market, there is no-one who forces them to do so,” Consumentenbond said in a statement. “An automobile manufacturer must also ensure that all its models are safe and reliable and remain so. Samsung has the same obligation.”

Samsung welcomed the verdict, telling the BBC it is “doing more than enough” to ensure its products are safe for users.

“It is a pity that the court route taken by the Consumentenbond has unjustly cast our update policy in a negative light, as the ruling shows that we take the security of the smartphones we provide to consumers very seriously,” the company said.

Apple fans might point to the fact iPhone owners are guaranteed updates to iOS 11, as far back as the iPhone S5, which was launched in 2013, over five years ago.

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