Despite this, phone benchmarking applications are given a free pass. Make no mistake about it, Samsung: you should not have any bright ideas regarding your computers. In collaboration with a large number of Samsung smartphone customers (many thanks to Android Authority), Twitter user GaryeonHan and a list of over 10,000 apps have been compiled that have had their performance slowed or throttled when Samsung’s game optimization programme, GOS, is operating in the background. Interestingly, no phone benchmarking applications are included in the list. It’s amusing how it works.
As reported by TechCrunch, the Game Optimizing Service (GOS) app for Samsung Android phones, which improves game performance (in order to enhance battery life and minimise heat) on Android phones, may also be “optimising” things that aren’t games. Thousands of users have complained that a slew of popular apps and services including as Netflix, Samsung Pay, and even the phone dialer have been experiencing performance issues when GOS is enabled.
GOS appears to have whitelisted phone benchmarking apps like as 3DMark and Geekbench, preventing them from being artificially limited. In other words, if you’re running a benchmark, you might assume there’s nothing wrong with your computer or that there isn’t any performance degradation at all until, of course, you’re using an app that is affected.
A Korean YouTuber discovered a way to deceive GOS into believing that 3DMark was Genshin Impact and was able to use this information to benchmark the throttling in real time. When running on a Galaxy S22 Ultra, it significantly dropped its benchmark score by more than half.
Preloaded on some Galaxy S21 and older phones, GOS is reported to be preinstalled and non-removable on the upcoming Galaxy S22 as well. For the second year in a row, complaints about app throttling have been lodged against OnePlus, which was found stealthily restricting apps without informing the customers in order to conserve battery life.
Benchmarking applications, much like in this situation, were unaffected by the situation. Samsung is allegedly looking into these concerns and expects to release an official response in the near future.
As a result, for the time being, it’s probably best if you check to see if you have GOS loaded on your phone and, if so, uninstall it. Hopefully, Samsung won’t have any brilliant ideas and decide to include GOS on their Galaxy Book notebooks instead.