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Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC confirm they haven't slowed down their phones

Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC have confirmed that they don't throttle performance of their devices like Apple.

  • Published: December 30, 2017 12:27 PM IST
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Samsung and LG have now confirmed that they don’t throttle performance of their smartphone to increase battery life. The confirmation comes from the South Korean smartphone manufacturers after Apple admitted to slowing performance of older iPhones in order to extend battery life.

Samsung and LG confirmed they don’t limit performance of their mobile devices based on aging batteries, but added that they do ensure extended battery life of their products. Both the South Korean manufacturers confirmed they haven’t throttled devices in an emailed statement shared with PhoneArena.

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

“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,” Samsung Electronics said in its statement.

Motorola and HTC were the first to confirm that they don’t slow the performance their devices based on battery life. Both the smartphone makers told The Verge in statements that they don’t limit performance of their devices based on aging battery. Other smartphone makers including Sony, Google have not confirmed but Android smartphones do come with smart battery management features.

The confirmation from Android smartphone makers come after Apple announced battery replacement program for iPhone 6 or later yesterday. In a letter to customers, the Cupertino-based company apologized for its practice and announced discounted battery replacement program starting January. The company will replace out of warranty batteries for $29 as opposed to regular $79 price. Apple confirmed to BGR India that battery replacement will cost Rs 2,000 plus taxes, which is significantly cheaper compared to Rs 6,500 currently charged by authorized resellers in the country.

Apple is currently facing five class-action lawsuits in the US for mistrust and its executives might get jailed in France for not disclosing the feature that limited performance of older models. Apple introduced a battery management feature as part of iOS 10.2.1 software update that capped peak performance on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE in order to prevent unexpected shutdown.

The feature was later extended to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 11.2 update but the company served these software updates as another security update with bug fixes. By not disclosing the new feature, Apple irked a lot of consumers who believed that the company is intentionally limiting performance to drive upgrades.

In its letter, Apple clarified that it does not intentionally limit performance and its only intent was to ensure iPhones last longer. The company has also confirmed to add more transparency around battery performance with a new software update to be released early next year.

  • Published Date: December 30, 2017 12:27 PM IST