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Samsung denies 'planned obsolescence' allegation

Investigation of Italian claim to overshadow new smartphone debut

Samsung Electronics President Koh Dong-jin introduced the company's Galaxy Note 8 smartphone in September 2017. The South Korean tech conglomerate is set to unveil its new Galaxy S9 smartphone in Barcelona in February. Photo by Samsung Electronics

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics on Friday denied an allegation that the tech conglomerate intentionally slowed down its smartphones and other devices through software updates, raised by the Italian antitrust authority.

The South Korean tech conglomerate made clear that it was not involved in such actions and vowed to cooperate with the authority fully. The Italian Authority for Market and Competition said on Thursday that Samsung, along with Apple, had not told clients that such updates might have a negative impact on the performance of their phones.

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