Samsung has found itself in a fan outcry over its phones, especially the Galaxy S22 series, as it slowed down apps on its phones without telling anyone.
It's not just wild speculation from fans, as a major player has weighed in. Geekbench's benchmark test, which TechRadar uses to test mobiles, and is one of the big players in the benchmarking scene, apparently agrees.
In a tweet, Geekbench announced that it had removed all recent Samsung Galaxy S phones from its tables, where it lists phone scores for power comparisons. This includes the Galaxy S10, S20, S21, and S22 phones.
After extensive internal testing, we have determined that the following Samsung Galaxy phones use GOS:- Samsung Galaxy S22 (all models)- Samsung Galaxy S21 (all models)- Samsung Galaxy S20 (all models)- Samsung Galaxy S10 (all models)March 4, 2022
It's a huge vote of no confidence in Samsung, from a major player, and points to the growing outcry from phone fans over the company's limitation of its phones.
Samsung itself has commented on the issue, saying that it plans to add a switch for this feature so that people can turn it on and off, but we are waiting for an update to bring this feature.
It's worth noting that, in a separate tweet, Geekbench confirmed that it didn't find any issues on the latest generations of Galaxy Note phones, so the issue appears to be related to flagship Galaxy S devices only.
TechRadar contacted Samsung for comment when the news was first published and has so far received no response.
The story so far
The throttling debacle started when fans noticed that Samsung's Game Optimization Service app was reducing the processing power used by some apps. This included a lot of big games, but no benchmark apps, so doing a benchmark test would give you an inaccurate measure of how much power you were getting from playing games.
Of course, most people would not notice this slight drop in power, as most mobile games are optimized to require minimal power. But if you're paying top dollar for a phone with a high-end chipset, you want to enjoy it.
Samsung has commented on the issue, but hasn't said why the throttling occurred; however, it is likely to preserve battery life.
We say this because OnePlus was accused of doing the exact same thing in 2021: it explained it was to reduce battery consumption from intensive apps, though after backlash it merged and offered an option to turn it off.
The ball is now in Samsung's court to introduce the ability to disable this limitation on their phones, and we're hoping for a timely update to bring it.