The Samsung Galaxy S22 series is one of the most powerful devices right now, equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors. The hardware is top-notch, but according to a report from Android Police, the company is limiting the performance of their smartphones when running some apps and games.
The number of apps affected is said to be around 10,000, including popular ones like TikTok, Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, Genshin Impact, Call of Duty Mobile, Mobile Legends, and more. Meanwhile, benchmarking apps like Geekbench and 3Dmark were excluded from the list.
Geekbench confirms the report, seeing it as a form of benchmark manipulation. This prompted them to delist not only the Galaxy S22 series, but also the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, and Galaxy S10 series, from its Geekbench Browser.
Earlier this week, we were made aware of Samsung’s Game Optimizing Service (GOS) and how it throttles the performance of games and applications. GOS decides to throttle (or not to throttle) applications using application identifiers and not application behavior.— Geekbench (@geekbench) March 4, 2022
The culprit is Samsung’s Game Optimizing Service (GOS), found on the offending devices. The feature decides whether or not to throttle games and applications based on a set of identifiers, hampering the phones from running on their full potential.
Samsung explains that GOS only affects game apps, balancing performance while managing the device’s temperature. The company also promised to issue an update in the near future to allow users to control how GOS affects the performance of games.