A few days ago the proposal of the Union came to light
Europe in which they wanted manufacturers to allow batteries to be changed
of phones as before, this to benefit users and also
to decrease electronic waste on the planet. However, today
talked in more detail about it, where it was mentioned that the EU seeks to end
with one of the big technological problems such as programmed obsolescence.
The EU mentions that 80% of the environmental impact of
smartphones has to do with the design of the phones, because currently it seems
easier for a user to change phone than to change only the
battery, which leads to generating more garbage than we should.
For this reason, they have proposed several measures to combat planned obsolescence, the most outstanding of which are the following:
- Improve the design of technological products.
- Use more recycled materials.
- Counteract premature obsolescence.
- Reward products based on their
Android manufacturers will have to change
The project is very clear regarding its position on the
planned obsolescence and how manufacturers are responsible for that today in
gives users have to change their phone every 1 or 2 years.
The most important point that talks about improve product design He explains that it seeks to make manufacturers allow phones and other technological products to be much easier to repair for users.
This means that the removable batteries should return,
and the internal design would also have to be different for each person
can take your phone to repair and thus receive the part or component that
need, instead of receiving the news that your phone is irreparable just
because a component doesn't work, generating electronic waste and wasting
The EU seeks to end a problem that Google could never control
The most important part of this whole project has to do
with programmed obsolescence, and how software influences the decision to
users to quickly switch devices.
In the case of Android We know that the update policy leaves a lot to be desired compared to what we see in iOS, because while an iPhone has an average of 5 years of updates, in Android only the Google Pixels have up to 3 years of updates, while that manufacturers like Samsung offer up to 4 years of updates (but security) to their high-end equipment.
This causes many phones to stop receiving
software even though its hardware is still capable of supporting new
features, however many manufacturers stop supporting to compel
users to switch devices.
If the EU makes phones easier to repair, that they can be repaired seamlessly in different places, and that manufacturers are required to extend software support to Android devices for several years, then the EU could achieve what Google let it become an almost irreparable problem.
This proposal is still on the table, and some
time before we can see if it ends up being a law that forces
manufacturers in Europe to change.