Is Samsung the latest Android device maker that restricts apps?

Some Samsung smartphones contain software that seems to artificially limit or throttle the performance of thousands of popular apps. android authority reports. Reports on the behavior are gaining steam Twitteras well as Samsung’s Korean Community Forums.

At the heart of the problem is Samsung’s software called Game Optimizing Service (GOS), which is reportedly limiting the performance of 10,000 apps. This list includes popular apps like Instagram, Netflix, TikTok, and even Samsung’s own apps like Secure Folder and Samsung Pay. Crucially, though, it doesn’t seem to include benchmarking apps like 3DMark and GeekBench, meaning they may not provide an accurate picture of a phone’s performance. So a benchmark app will work just fine, but if you actually start using an app like TikTok, you might not get the full performance you expect (and maybe deserve).

A test by a Korean YouTuber shows how big the impact this can be. By simply renaming a benchmarking app that wouldn’t normally be restricted (3DMark) after the name of a popular game (Genshin Impact), they were reportedly able to trick the phone into throttling the Wild Life Extreme- benchmark of 3DMark, bringing the overall score from 2618 to 1141.

What is unclear at the moment is which phones are equipped with this Game Optimizing Service. android authority reports that it has not found the software on its Galaxy S22 devices, the Galaxy S20 FE or the Galaxy S10E, but that they did find it on the Galaxy S21 Plus. But, confusingly, 9to5Google reports that the software is installed on their Galaxy S22 Plus. The Korean Youtuber quoted above appears to be showing off the software running on a Galaxy S22 Ultra.

If the story of an Android device maker who throttles app performance sounds familiar, it may be because OnePlus was in a very similar situation last year, where it sold popular apps like Chrome and Twitter (but no benchmarking). apps) away from its the powerful CPU cores of the phone processor. OnePlus justified the decision by saying it was optimizing for battery life and heat, but users were rightly annoyed that they weren’t informed about this behavior in advance.

Samsung has yet to respond to The edge‘s request for comment on what the Game Optimizing Service should achieve, but if it’s comparable to OnePlus, it seems likely that it also aims to improve battery life. But what’s less clear is why users aren’t given the option to disable the behavior, or why Samsung didn’t tell them about it in the first place.

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