Manufacturers of smartphones that offer long time to update software for their devices, you can recalculate on your fingers. Many brands, especially about Chinese brands, forget about their smartphones in a couple of years after their release and stop updating them. From the mass, except for Apple, which still supports iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus issued in 2015. But in the future, all manufacturers can oblige their devices for at least 7 years. True, it is most likely to be touched by the models sold in the European market, in particular, in Germany.
According to the media, the Federal Government of Germany calls on the European Union to oblige smartphone producers to release security updates for at least 7 years from the date of the device on sale. This requirement applies to spare parts for smartphones. The term of software support offered by the German authorities is more than two years more than the recent supply of the European Commission on the five-year support of smartphones. If the offer is accepted and enter into legal force, then actually smartphones will be able to count on a life cycle, more similar to computer.
It is not surprising that the proposals of Germany and the European Commission on an increase in the service life of smartphones have met resistance from mobile devices. They even united in the DigitalErope group, among whose participants are mentioned by such giants like Apple and Samsung. The group requires limiting the life of the security updates in three years, and the list of spare parts screens and batteries, crossing out the camera, speakers and other components that are allegedly reliable and break less frequently than screens and batteries.
The proposal of the European Union, which is talking about, can enter into legal force for 2023. The initiative is aimed at protecting the environment and the decrease in the so-called electronic garbage, since the service life of smartphones will be increased. Mobile devices will remain workable and protected twice as long as now, when their life cycle is limited to 2.5-3.5 years.