Technological degeneracy is the deterioation and adverse change in technological products and series contrary to their intended purposes. Such includes planned obsolescence, sacrifice of functionality and practicality in favour of design trends, as well as the needless addition of restrictions.
Examples include the removal of useful functionality in more recent versions of the Mozilla Firefox web browser (both desktop and mobile variants), the massive functional reduction of YouTube over time, enforced scoped storage restrictions in Android OS, Apple's device-locked components, as well as the usurpation of mobile phones with user-replaceable batteries, the promotion of their thinness as status symbol, and the glorification and usage of fragile materials, notably with the 2015 Samsung Galaxy S6.
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