Smartphones have become more and more powerful every year that we actually can’t find the use to maximize their capabilities. Still, it appears that brands are deliberately throttling apps to game performance.
A couple of the latest Samsung phones, including the new Galaxy S22 series, come with an app called Game Optimizing Service, which cannot be uninstalled or disabled. What’s weird is, its exact purpose was not detailed, although the name does give us a clue.
However, a Twitter user and tons of frustrated owners in South Korea found out that the said mysterious app is meant to “optimize” the performance of around 10,000 non-gaming apps.
An apps’ performance is being throttled when put on the Game Optimizing Service List. The list includes a couple of popular apps like Netflix, TikTok, Instagram, and even a couple of Google’s.
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But what apps did Samsung exclude? 3DMark, GeekBench, and other similar apps — you know, benchmarking apps that test the device’s performance.
Since the news broke out, the company posted a response on the Samsung Members app in Korea. You can check the rough translation below.
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
It looks like Samsung had good intentions, but it still didn’t answer why other Android apps are being affected. Still, it appears that enabling performance mode can disable most of the said throttling.