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Samsung, LG Say They Do Not Slow Down Phones with Ageing Batteries

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According to a report by PhoneArena, Android phone manufacturers Samsung and LG have both confirmed via emails that they do not slow down their phones with older batteries, following Apple’s acknowledgement of reducing the speed of the processor in some iPhones with older batteries to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

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Up until last week, Apple had not publicly acknowledged slowing down older iPhones and it was not clear that the reason for slower iPhones was actually in the battery. But now, the company has officially admitted it is indeed throttling the speed of the processor and slowing down iPhones with older batteries, while claiming that this is not a bug, but a feature.

Below are the official comments by the two South Korean companies:

LG Electronics, Inc.: Never have, never will! We care what our customers think.

Samsung Electronics Co.,LTD.: Product quality has been and will always be Samsung Mobile’s top priority. We ensure extended battery life of Samsung mobile devices through multi-layer safety measures, which include software algorithms that govern the battery charging current and charging duration. We do not reduce CPU performance through software updates over the lifecycles of the phone.

HTC and Motorola have also confirmed that they are not slowing down phones with older batteries, while Google is yet to issue an official response regarding the issue.

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  • Stroodle

    Easier for the other “Big” company to just let them catch fire. Haha

  • makeittalk

    Now that’s a useful comment.

  • Jack

    likewise

  • monkey

    They don’t slow down their phones they just don’t update them

  • Stroodle

    with a name like ‘makeittalk’ I would guess you are an android owner! Relax – I’m just trying to put a smile on the iPhone communities faces during hectic times 🙂

  • Stefan

    That is really hard to do since iOS will spam like crazy to update to the point that it becomes so annoying that you just go with it.

  • Léon

    No they don’t, but they slow them down when they are brand new, right out of the factory with bloatware and poorly optimized code. Generation after generation, even with superiour hardware specs they are often (not always) slower than their iPhone counterparts and slower than they should be based on their hardware capabilities.

  • NOHoldsBar

    And there was a threat of class action lawsuit that made Apple change the feature where people could delete the update from their phone after it was downloaded automatically. Still, it returned like a Zombie.

  • NOHoldsBar

    I agree. That’s why I’d want to go with a vanilla android phone. In all fairness though, Android developers and manufacturers don’t believe in having a synergistic relationship between software and hardware.

    google is insane with their pricing. I might go for another device with less bloatware like Sony, LG, or HTC. Who knows…maybe Motorola will make a comeback?

  • Ned K.

    Yeah good luck with every iOS update that will SLOW DOWN your iPhone.

  • Ned K.

    You definitely have not tried new high-end Android phones like Galaxy S8. iPhone has more bloatwares these days. At least on Android, you can disable and delete files to save space.

    iOS Bloatwares:

    Find My Friends
    Home
    iBooks
    iCloud Drive
    iTunes Store
    Maps
    News
    Notes
    Podcasts
    Reminders
    Stocks
    Tips
    Videos
    Watch
    Weather

    Yes, I can hide some of them but can not actually delete them to save space.

  • raslucas

    That’s weird that you can’t delete these. I definitely can. Are you updated?

  • raslucas

    People seem to think the processors in these phones are fixed clock speeds… and Apple just lowered the maximum speed permanently. All smartphones are the same, they have variable speeds. That quote that Samsung said there, the processor was never as fast to begin with. Apple makes their own CPU, they can push their stuff to their very limit. In the cases of those phones, they’d pushed them too hard and had to reduce the max to stop it from damage.

  • warpdrive

    Lmao

  • Léon

    No, I haven’t. Galaxy S8 might be a great phone, I don’t have anything against it. I haven’t tried it, I’m not going to poo-poo it. I was speaking in general, of how those companies tend to do, not about any one model in particular. You can also disable and delete on the iOS platform. Ever since iOS 10 you can delete 23 of the Apple preinstalled apps. One of the more prominent features in the latest iOS is on-device storage management with options and recommendations to offload unused apps, move photos into the iCloud Photo Library, etc. More significantly, primarily thanks to the Apple’s in house hardware and software integration, their code is much better optimized in general. It’s not perfect and as the complexity of the iOS ever increases the unApple like fumbles are getting more serious and more frequent. That being said, it’s still better than what Android platform can offer.

  • makeittalk

    Mac for 15 years actually. I’m pissed with Apple right now, but that’s still a pointless comment.

  • Kris

    Agreed, although in the past Apple sometimes as stumbled on occasion like this. For example the Apple Maps fiasco (which was kind of self-inflicted) or the Antenna-gate thing with the iPhone 4. I also agree that iOS is better optimized. One of the big advantages of designing both the hardware and software. Android phones seem to need more RAM to run the same apps. But it does seem like the Android phone manufacturers are slowly getting the message that speed and performance matters (especially since they have to compete against Apple who sets the performance bar high). For example now you have the Oneplus 5 which is one of the snappier Android phones available.

  • Kris

    Right, I think it actually just hides some of them rather than deleting them outright

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