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Shots. Fired.

A little over a week ago it came out that Apple was purposely releasing updates that were slowing down phones in an attempt to not overwhelm them. Their reasons made sense. Some accused them of doing this to force consumers to buy newer phones, which Apple vehemently denied. It’s a cynical accusation that doesn’t have a whole lot of merit, especially considering that their actions actually result in longer phone life, not shorter. Others, however, took Apple to task for not being more transparent about their practices. That is a very fair accusation and something Apple seriously dropped the ball on.

Now the question remains: is this throttling of older phones a common industry practice? The answer seems to be a resounding no.

Talking to HTC and Motorola and then Samsung and LG, The Verge got the same answer from all of them: we don’t slow down our phones. Samsung, Motorola, and HTC all denied slowing down phones, while LG took the chance to throw a dig at the Cupertino-based company at the center of the controversy.

Never have, never will! We care what our customers think.

Blam blam.

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