Samsung announces that an update will arrive to solve the problems

Earlier this week, reports emerged that the Game Optimization Service (GOS) on some Samsung smartphones was throttling the performance of certain games and apps to better manage battery life. Now Samsung says a software update is in the works to make it an optional setup.

According to The Verge, the update will allow device owners to choose whether or not they want this limitation to occur. According to Samsung, it's designed in part to speed up performance and keep phone temperatures down.

"We appreciate the feedback we receive on our products and after careful consideration, we plan to release a software update soon so users can monitor performance when running gaming applications," said Kelly Yeo, a Samsung spokesperson.

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While the original report suggested that non-gaming apps like Netflix and Instagram were also restricted, with up to 10,000 apps affected in total, Samsung insists that GOS only manages gaming performance, as the name implies.

Adding to the controversy, popular Android benchmarking apps are excluded from GOS; This means that Samsung phones with the software installed are likely to record scores that don't match the performance you actually see while gaming.

In response, Geekbench decided to remove the comparison scores for phones from the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy S10 lines. We will have to wait and see if these scores will be restored in the future.

Analysis: The strangulation controversy so far

Samsung a maintenant admits that they are service d'optimization of jeu "gère les performances" des jeux afin d'éviter la surchauffe et de maintenance la santé de la batterie – et ce n'est pas le premier maker de téléphones à être surpris en train to do it

Apple and OnePlus have acknowledged the acceleration performance of their phones in the past, and the reasons are the same: By forcing apps and games a bit slower, the idea is to make the battery and other internal components last longer.

It's a reasonable excuse, but consumers should be aware of these practices and trade-offs in advance, preferably before they've spent a large sum of money on a phone. At a minimum, we should be able to decide whether we want higher frame rates or longer battery life.

It seems that Samsung will soon offer this option to its users. It's unclear exactly which phones GOS works on, but given that Geekbench removed the list of scores from the last four years of Samsung's flagship phones, it's fair to assume that most of them are affected.

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