Samsung was discovered to limit Android applications on Galaxy smartphones

Samsung was discovered to limit Android applications on Galaxy smartphones

However, as one Twitter user points out, with the backing of a lengthy thread from frustrated Samsung Galaxy owners in Korea (via Android Authority), Samsung seems to be using this app to “optimize” the performance of thousands of non-gaming apps. When an app is in the Game Optimizing Service list, its performance is limited, as demonstrated by a YouTuber who changed the package name of the 3DMark benchmark app to trick Samsung’s software into throttling it, and the results are pretty telling.

Our smartphones have gotten very powerful in recent years, to the point that we aren’t taking full use of their sheer horsepower in day-to-day use in many circumstances. Samsung, on the other hand, appears to have been restricting the performance of thousands of applications in the pretext of increasing gaming performance. The Game Optimizing Service software is pre-loaded as a system app on Samsung phones, and we confirmed it’s installed on the Galaxy S22+, as shown below. It cannot be turned off. The app’s actual purpose isn’t specified anywhere, although the name suggests that it’s used to boost game performance.

Highlights

  • Hello. It’s Samsung. We are constantly trying to expand the option for users and provide the most optimized performance converging customers’ opinions. GOS(Game Optimizing Service) of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Series is pre-installed for optimizing the performance of CPU and GPU to prevent excessive heating when playing a game for a long time. To meet the recent needs of various customers, it is planned to update the Game Booster lab to provide an option to prioritize the performance, as soon as possible. Afterward, we will try our best for customers’ satisfaction and safety by listening to their opinions. Thank You While this rough translation doesn’t offer a lot of context to why Samsung is doing this, the company hints that part of the reason it to prevent “excessive heat” during games. The response doesn’t address why other Android apps are affected. Max Weinbach has also since claimed on Twitter that “performance mode” disables most of these optimizations.

  • The list includes extremely popular apps such as Instagram, Netflix, TikTok, and even some Google apps. Samsung also included some of its own apps including Pay, Secure Folder, and others. Altogether, the list of apps affected by the Game Optimizing Service app appears to number around 10,000, but excludes benchmarking apps such as 3DMark, GeekBench, and others. Update 3/3: In the Samsung Members app in Korea, Samsung has responded to this situation. A rough translation of the notice from Dohyun Kim on Twitter reads: