Dec 29th, 2017

Android OEM’s are starting to respond to claims wondering if they slow down the CPU performance of devices in an effort to keep batteries from being overworked. This comes after Apple confirmed the company does exactly this on select iPhone’s as the company started doing so last year with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.

Yesterday, we saw official comments from HTC and Motorola stating that they do not slow down their devices, but LG and Samsung have now provided statements to the folks at PhoneArena. LG’s statement was rather concise and to the point, while Samsung’s statement was a bit long in the tooth:

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

Samsung: 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.”

After Apple’s debacle last week, the company has finally responded by offering a price reduction on the cost of replacing a battery in an out-of-warranty iPhone. Normally, this service costs $79, but Apple has reduced the cost by $50, bringing the price down to just $50 and anyone who is using at least an iPhone 6 or later is eligible.

While we weren’t expecting any Android manufacturers to actually admit to slowing down smartphones, it’s still a good sign of faith for these OEM’s to respond to claims and questions. When it comes to Samsung specifically, there may be some out there who call foul and say that the company intentionally slows devices down, but it’s important to remember that the “TouchWiz” overlay is one of the heaviest on the market. This alone can cause slowdowns on devices that are not properly optimized.

In the meantime, we are still waiting for some type of official response from Google, and will definitely report back once that statement has been issued. Let us know what you think about this entire situation, and if you think that OEM’s are not being as open as it seems.

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