Samsung and LG Take A Dig At Apple, Claim That They Don’t Slow Down Their Phones With Older Batteries

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Dec 29, 2017

After Apple’s big revelation yesterday, Android OEMs are not leaving any opportunity to take a dig at the Cupertino giant. Many OEMs like HTC and Motorola have issued statements regarding their stance on throttling CPU performance to make up for ageing batteries.

For those who are unaware of what led to these reactions, well, yesterday Apple issued an apology for slowing down its processor performance for lithium-ion batteries that age over time. The company said that instead of letting its devices with older batteries shut down for not being able to supply enough power, Apple caps the CPU performance to keep the phone running. This revelation from Apple came after several iPhone users started noticing the dwindling performance of their devices. Besides, Geekbench later inferred through its data that after iOS 10.2.1 update, the iPhone 6, 6s, and SE suffered slow performances.

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Interestingly, before Apple turned to revealing its activities to users, HTC and Motorola clarified that their Android devices do not run such practices. After HTC and Motorola, LG and Samsung today said that they also do not indulge in throttling their devices and compromise on performance. LG said,“Never have, never will! We care what our customers think.” While Samsung went ahead and issued a detailed statement that it takes “multi-layer safety measures.”

Here’s what Samsung said:

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.

Samsung needs to remember some of its flaws too…

Well, Samsung sure does not throttle its devices, but they can’t stand high on the “safety” aspect. One just can’t ignore the Note7 debacle that was caused due to inadequate vigilance in the battery department. Also, Samsung phones can’t be hailed as high and mighty when it comes to the overall software optimisation. Over time, some of Samsung flagships start slowing down too. On a personal account, my Galaxy S7 edge smartphone has slowed down considerably. However, that does not justify what Apple has been up to, deliberately capping the CPU performance is unjust to its loyal user base.

Apple is trying to do damage control

Apple has reduced the cost of its out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements, coming down from $50 to $29 throughout the next year. Also, it will now offer better-detailed software updates so that the users are aware of its practice and battery health on their phone.