The Samsung Galaxy S22 series and previous Galaxy S series phones have been scrapped by cross-platform benchmarking app Geekbench due to a performance throttling issue that occurred last week. The phones include Samsung’s preloaded Game Optimizing Service app that seemed to slow down the performance of thousands of apps, including a list of non-gaming apps. Shortly after the restriction was reported by some users on the web last week, Samsung acknowledged its existence and promised to allay users’ concerns with an update.
geekbench said in a thread on Twitter that it has decided to scrap the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and the Galaxy S22 Ultra, in addition to all models in the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10 series. The decision came as a result of extensive internal testing, according to the benchmark app.
It also noted that the performance throttling is considered a “form of benchmark manipulation” by Samsung, as major benchmark apps, including Geekbench, are not throttled by the preloaded Game Optimizing Service.
Samsung promised to address user reports of throttling via a software update. However, Geekbench developer John Poole told DailyExpertNews that the removal was permanent.
“This is the fifth time we’ve had to take phones off the list, so we’ve started to tighten up the measures we’re taking. I hope this is the last time we see this problem,” Poole said.
Last year, OnePlus was spotted using a similar mechanism to slow down the performance of apps on the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. As a result, Geekbench has removed the phones from the benchmark app. OnePlus also later clarified that the system-level lag was intended to “provide a smooth experience while reducing power consumption”.
Delisting means that the recent Samsung Galaxy S series phones are no longer available in the Geekbench app for performance comparisons with other phones.
An email sent to Samsung regarding the update resulted in no comment at the time of submitting this article.
geekbench noted in a follow-up tweet that the Galaxy Note series is not part of the deletion as these models, including the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 20 models, showed no evidence of throttling.
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