In context: Samsung landed in sizzling water not too long ago after its newest flagship, the Galaxy S22, was found to be selectively throttling apps utilizing Samsung’s Game Optimizing Service, whereas excluding different apps and benchmarking instruments like these from Geekbench. The latter decided it as benchmark manipulation and proceeded to ban all Galaxy S collection fashions utilizing GOS, all the best way again to 2019’s Galaxy S10.
During their in-depth testing of the Galaxy Tab S8 collection, Android Police discovered each the S8 Ultra and S8+ variant to be throttling efficiency once they ran a modified model of Geekbench, renaming it to the favored sport Genshin Impact.
The publication noticed the tablets’ efficiency declining by 18-24 % for single-threaded CPU scores and 6-11 % for multi-threaded scores. Moreover, older Galaxy Tab fashions, such because the S7, S7 FE and S5e did not display this habits throughout testing.
The wrongdoer is believed to be Samsung’s Game Optimizing Service and an related checklist of 10,000 apps, which resulted in Geekbench delisting 4 generations of Galaxy S telephones, plus authorized troubles for Samsung.
Interestingly, Android Police notes that GOS does not have an effect on all apps and is a complicated service that takes into consideration system temperature, energy consumption and different system elements. Nevertheless, Geekbench promptly moved to delist the Tab S8 collection for benchmark manipulation.
Thanks to @AndroidPolice, we turned conscious that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 makes efficiency selections primarily based on utility identifiers moderately than utility habits. We’ve delisted the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 from our Android Benchmark chart.
— Geekbench (@geekbench) March 14, 2022
The app throttling controversy additionally resulted in an apology from JH Han, Samsung’s CEO of Device Experience, throughout a latest shareholders assembly. Although Han defended using GOS by noting that the service solely restricted CPU and GPU efficiency to an extent whereas not disturbing the gaming expertise, the CEO promised that such an incident would not occur once more.
Samsung has additionally not too long ago began pushing out a GOS replace in South Korea for the Galaxy S22 to handle this concern. While a worldwide rollout for different S22 gadgets could be anticipated quickly, it stays to be seen if this replace additionally turns into accessible to older, Geekbench-delisted Galaxy S telephones and the Tab S8 collection.