Smartphones die. But is it just a coincidence that it happens right after the warranty runs out? Or is it a clever sales strategy known as 'planned obsolescence'?
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Most of our modern electronic devices end up on the scrap heap after only a few years. But as the push for a more circular economy gains traction, pressure is building for products that can be repaired and reused.
A media report first revealed an issue affecting Android devices that meant some users weren't notified if they had come into contact with COVID-19. The fault was also later found on iPhones.
Google is suspending some services for Huawei smartphones after the Chinese company was placed on a US trade blacklist. The move effectively bars Huawei from making phones and tablets for sale outside China.
The trade spat between Washington and Beijing has reached a new level, with the successful Chinese telecoms equipment provider Huawei stuck in the center. DW's Henrik Böhme asks where this all will end.
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