Geekbench bans Samsung Galaxy S22, S21, S20 and S10 series
Recently, Samsung was found limiting the speed of over 10,000 devices and the popular benchmarking app Geekbench calls it “benchmark manipulation”.
Because of the throttling issue, Geekbench has now blacklisted the previous four generations of Galaxy S flagships which include the recently revealed Galaxy S22 series, as well as the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy S10. All of these phones have been barred from the benchmarking platform.
Games Optimization Service (GOS) on Samsung devices was found to be slowing down the performance of over 10,000 applications, including various games as well as non-game apps like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and 6,800 others.
What’s remarkable is that while conducting benchmarks, the GOS didn’t optimise or slow down the phone’s performance. 3DMark, AnTuTu, PCMark, GFXBench, and Geekbench 5 were not found on the list.
It’s clear that Samsung didn’t want to lower the benchmarks since consumers are more likely to think a gadget is better if it has a higher benchmark score.
However, in this scenario, benchmark ratings exaggerated real-world usage since users will not experience the same level of speed while using other apps.
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What’s more aggravating is that with the recent OneUI 4.1 update, disabling the Games Optimization Service (GOS) is a difficult operation.
However, Samsung has guaranteed that the next update would have a “Performance Priority” button. When engaged, the Performance Priority button forces GOS to achieve peak performance.
Geekbench, on the other hand, did not appear to be appreciative enough of Samsung’s apologies and delisted the last four generations of Samsung Galaxy S phones for benchmark manipulation. Every Galaxy S series phone released in the previous four years is included in the list.
Samsung isn’t the first firm to be accused of restricting speed for certain apps. Last year, OnePlus got busted for the same kind of cheating on benchmarks. The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro were then removed from Geekbench’s benchmark list.