Guys from the portal Androidauthority conducted a study and shared interesting results. They are expected, but here it is important first of all to explain the situation. Would you agree with the arguments?
Recently, the network went around the news that Samsung is slowing down the work of more than 10 thousand applications in its flagship smartphones. At the same time, if you run the fresh Galaxy S22 through benchmarks, then, in this case, realizing that the device is being tested and you need to score maximum points, the device works in full force.
After that, Geekbench even deleted from its database data on top Samsung smartphones over the past 4 years, deciding to consider such behaviour cheating. But there is always a flip side to the coin. Perhaps it was worth simply explaining in detail the “roots” and logic of the phenomenon, which is what the authors of Androidauthority did.
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The performance loss when activating Game Optimizing Service (GOS) mode could reach up to 50% for applications. We agree it is a shame to pay a high cost for premium iron and not be able to exploit it really to the fullest.
But in mobile devices, including laptops and not just smartphone tablets, not only performance is important, but also battery life, as well as heating, which will affect the duration of work and even performance oddly enough.
It’s really that simple.
We experimented by unofficially disabling the GOS mode. At the same time, during the game, the smartphone reached a power consumption of more than 10 watts, which is a lot for a mobile device that is designed to work in the region of 7 watts. That’s just for the first minute. Then the power consumption will drop because the processor will begin to reset the frequency (go into throttling) and lose performance due to the danger of overheating. As a result, the performance may be even lower than the one that Samsung is trying to maintain using algorithms.
At the same time, everything works fine with GOS. The performance of the device is enough for the gameplay to pass without problems, and the device works properly.
With the mode turned off, in the end, we get a situation where the battery also discharges faster than it could. Heating will adversely affect not only the operating frequency of the processor but also the speed of discharge of the battery.
In addition, it can be seen that when GOS is active and disabled, the gameplay is the same in terms of fps, but the power consumption with the removed limits is higher. For the sake of a small short-term boost.
In general, in the long term, such behaviour can adversely affect the work of the “iron”. Samsung with such foresight prolongs their lives.
Another question is why today in smartphones and other mobile devices to put such processors that can not work in full force due to physical limitations and the inability to use a sufficiently productive cooling system? One more thing is that Samsung should not do such things in secret. It is worth giving the user in the settings the opportunity to decide for himself how exactly he wants to use his device, for which he paid money. But it’s important to explain why this is the default mode. In this case, there will be no questions and complaints from users, but balgoadra.