Samsung rolls out update to put a lid on Galaxy S22 throttling

Samsung rolls out update to put a lid on Galaxy S22 throttling

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Samsung is giving S22 owners extra control over their phone’s performance in response to accusations of throttling that emerged earlier this month.

A pre-installed system app has been found to slow down the performance of third-party apps, as well as some of Samsung’s own apps. This resulted in the company’s flagship products being blacklisted from benchmarking sites due to manipulation issues. Samsung has promised that it will give users the option to prioritize raw performance via an update. The company is finally delivering on its promise and has started rolling out a firmware update that adds a new “Gaming Performance Management Mode” to Galaxy S22 series phones.

Several users have shared screenshots of the update change log to Samsung Korea Community Forums. The changelog page (in Korean, translated using Google Translate) mentions that the phone update lifts old CPU and GPU performance limitations while playing games. And that only means one thing: no more throttling of resources for demanding apps like games.

As a reminder, it was the pre-installed application named Game Optimization Service (GOS) that limited the performance of background applications without informing users. Samsung argued that it throttles app performance to balance the fine line between providing the best experience and managing heat flow. So, this new update adds the aforementioned game performance management mode to its Game Booster feature which helps users avoid app throttling.

Samsung created an app called GOS and used it to limit game performance, which worsens the gaming experience. However, according to what the Korean community found out today, Samsung has confirmed that they have imposed performance to more than 10,000 applications…

— 한가련 (@GaryeonHan) March 2, 2022

Users have found that Samsung maintains a blacklist of 10,000 apps – ranging from Instagram and TikTok to a few of Samsung’s products – that are throttled by the GOS app. OnePlus was mired in a similar app throttling controversy last year.

Samsung’s firmware update, which began rolling out March 10 for Galaxy S22 series phones in Korea, will allow users to run apps at full power without having to do anything with the device. GOS app. Simply open the Game Booster dashboard (swipe up in portrait mode or swipe left in landscape mode) and enable the new Game Performance Management mode to access the full CPU and GPU firepower. This will also allow users to bypass the app blacklisting system implemented with the GOS app. So far, the update has only been rolled out to Galaxy S22 series phones in South Korea. It’s unclear when it will make its way to the US market and elsewhere.

The throttling problem would have ruffled some feathers at Samsung. According to a report from the Korean blog Naver, Samsung has launched an internal investigation that is of the same intensity as those into the explosive Galaxy Note 7 fiasco and the myriad problems with the first-generation Galaxy Fold. Korean release Donga reports that even Samsung shareholders are lobbying up to senior management following the limitation fiasco.

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