Smartphone updates as a longevity barrier for electronic consumer products

Kasper Precht Møller, Niklas Skraeddergaard Frydkjær, Louise Møller Haase

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Many of today’s electronic consumer products can in some way be connected to a smartphone. While this link provides enhanced product functionality, operating system updates can render products functionally obsolete, if the update affects the compatibility of the app. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the link between smartphones and electronic consumer products to determine how operating system updates of smartphones affect the longevity of connected products and how it relates to product obsolescence. The impact on product obsolescence is studied by examining existing literature regarding hardware -, software obsolescence, and app development. Additionally, a case study is conducted at two small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) from Aalborg, Denmark to investigate the SMEs perception of software obsoleting hardware products and to discover which strategies can be applied to avoid obsolescence. Based on the research, it can be implied that updates have a high impact on product obsolescence.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationLUT Scientific and Expertise Publications : The ISPIM Innovation Conference – Innovating Our Common Future, Berlin, Germany on 20-23 June 2021
Publication dateJun 2021
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-952-335-467-8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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