Samsung can’t seem to launch a flagship without making a bit of a mess along the way. The company recently came under fire for throttling app performance on its Galaxy S22 series of smartphones through its Game Optimization Service, or GOS. But curiously, the applications that the GOS did not limit were well-known benchmarking suites.
Users discovered that Samsung’s GOS has restricted more than 10,000 common Android apps. The feature comes pre-installed on the latest Galaxy S-series devices. In the Android community, these are game launchers, and their specific purpose is to help your device run “optimally” when playing a mobile game. .
In the case of Samsung, GOS has been found to throttle the performance of games and tons of regular apps. The list included well-known favorites like Facebook (always a favorite for your parents), Instagram, TikTok, Spotify, ride-sharing apps like Uber, and even apps from Samsung, like Samsung Pay.
A video posted by a Korean YouTuber showed further evidence of strangulation. However, they tried benchmarking with 3DMark rather than Geekbench, and the results also showed the device hampered performance unless apps were classified in a way that didn’t trigger GOS in the background. This led people to believe that Samsung was again trying to play its credentials, which is why Geekbench deleted the last four years of Samsung devices in its global ranking.
According to Korean Samsung Community Forums, the latest software update is Samsung’s answer to the GOS throttling issue, although it comes with other general software fixes. When translated from Korean to English via Google Translate, the update mentions the removal of the “initial CPU/GPU performance limit when running the game” and provides the ability to “bypass GOS” to specific applications. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the update for our review unit, so I can’t say if there’s an easily discernable first-hand option.
We reached out to Samsung to ask if US-based Galaxy S22 units would see a similar software fix. There’s no word yet on a planned update from the company for this side of the pond.
At the very least, unlike the exploding batteries in the Galaxy Note 7, it’s not something you need to worry about living with on your new Galaxy S22. Game launchers have become another accessory as part of the Android experience. Google introduced its version in Android 12, called Game mode. Even OnePlus has its own OnePlus Gameswhich pops up while playing a game to provide push-button performance enhancements and save game options.
Corn Samsung got caught shake up the numbers on its performance criteria beforethat is why some have found thatthe incident was hard to write off just, say, a coding error. If Samsung didn’t do any good, wWhy were often-used apps part of the in-game optimization list and not the benchmark ones that test the limits of the device?
Game launchers exist to showcase the capabilities of your Android device, but they might also require a bit of mastery. Samsung should find a way to allow testers to get their data while still providing a solid experience for its consumers.