Samsung attracted a lot of criticism after it was revealed that the company is throttling performance of several apps to prevent Samsung Galaxy S22 series of devices from overheating and optimize battery life. And now, the company is preparing a software update to address the issue as the company is looking to give users more control over the performance.
In case you didn’t know, few days earlier, several users on Korean forums investigated Samsung’s Game Optimization Service and discovered that the app was optimizing games as well as non-gaming apps. The complete list includes several popular apps such as TikTok, Microsoft Office, Instagram, Netflix, and more. In addition to these apps, Samsung’s own Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pay are on the list too.
Talking about the issue, a Samsung representative revealed that that the issue is temporary and the company is working on a fix. Talking about the update, the company told (via Android Central), “Our priority is to deliver the best mobile experience for consumers. The Game Optimizing Service (GOS) has been designed to help game apps achieve great performance while managing device temperature effectively. GOS does not manage the performance of non-gaming apps. We value the feedback we receive about our products and after careful consideration, we plan to roll out a software update soon so users can control the performance while running game apps.”
At the moment however, it’s unclear how Samsung will offer greater control over smartphone’s performance. It’s likely that the upcoming software update will allow users to toggle some option on and off.
This isn’t the first time a company has been found to throttle performance of their devices. Earlier last year, OnePlus found to deliberately throttle performance of several apps. At the time the company revealed that it wanted to optimize battery life rather than manipulate unthrottled benchmarking apps. Similar to OnePlus’ decision to exclude benchmarking apps, Samsung’s service excluded benchmarking apps such as GeekBench 5 and 3DMark. As a result, these benchmarking apps’ result would indicate the smartphones’ performance at the peak capacity rather than everyday use.