Throughout the last decade, we have used a variety of Samsung(South-Korean company) phones. After a few months of use, around 12-18 months, Samsung phones start to slow down. Especially, the phones start lagging when you play games. It doesn’t matter what is the RAM or processor of the phone.
According to the latest report, Samsung deliberately slows the performance of the Galaxy smartphones. It is not uncommon for smartphone manufacturers to deliberately slow down the performance of their old phones to preserve battery life and allure the customers to upgrade. There have been several brands caught doing this, including Apple and OnePlus.
How does Samsung slow down phones?
The main reason for the lag is Samsung’s GOS (Games Optimization Service). It is meant to boost the gaming performance, but rather than increase performance it rigorously throttles the CPU and GPU performance and also 10,000 apps. Earlier this month, popular benchmarking platform, Geekbench announced that it would delist Samsung’s Galaxy S10, S20, S21, and S22 series from its benchmarking charts, following the GOS fiasco.
GOS kicks in whenever a game is run and it has a long list of apps that qualify as “games”, which was kindly posted online by GaryeonHan, who also spoke about the problem at length. Some of the curious entrants in that list include Microsoft Office and YouTube Vanced.
Apology from Samsung
In response to the GOS app throttling scandal, Samsung’s VC and CEO, Jong-Hee Han, has issued an official apology. Han issued the apology at Samsung’s annual shareholder meeting. He said Samsung had failed to recognize customer concerns and would listen to customers more closely to prevent such an issue from happening again.
A software update from the South Korean tech giant is already available for the Galaxy S22 series to avoid the limitation of the CPU and GPU caused by GOS. Samsung devices globally will receive the update soon after it has been released in South Korea. In addition, Samsung is expected to release an update for older Galaxy flagship tablets and smartphones.