The Italian authorities have imposed a fine on Apple and Samsung to promote their latest software updates that led to malfunctions in their phones and eventually forced users to buy new devices.
In January of this year, Italy's antitrust organization conducted separate searches for Apple and Samsung to see if they were deliberately using software updates to slow down their mobiles.
The Commission has now issued a statement stating that both companies have breached the rules for consumers and are subject to sanctions for that.
Apple charged a fine of 5 million (5,7 million dollars) for various issues on iPhone 6, which were caused when users installed iOS 10 - which was developed for iPhone 7.
Once the new one iOS consuming more power, people with older iPhones have encountered unexpected problems in their operation.
The company released a fix for this, through the 10.2.1 update. But it did not warn the users that it would shed CPUs and batteries on older devices to prevent these accidental shutdowns.
Apple has also been charged a second fine of 5 million, for not providing customers with information about the battery capacity of their device, the average life span or instructions on how to maintain or replace it.
Meanwhile, Samsung is also charged with a fine of 5 million (5,7 million dollars) for the release of the Marshmallow 6.0.1 update (developed for Galaxy Note 7) at Note 4.
The firmware was very demanding for the phone, which led to a malfunction on several occasions. It also forced users to pay the high repair costs out of their pocket, as Note 4 was two years older, so it was excluded from the warranty.
In response, Samsung said it plans to challenge the decision and expressed disappointment with the committee's decision, while Apple declined to comment.