Samsung and LG Confirm That They Haven’t Slowed Down Phones

Samsung and LG Confirm That They Haven’t Slowed Down Phones

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Recently, Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones’ processor speeds as the batteries aged, ostensibly to prevent unexpected shutdowns. The fallout wasn’t pretty, and Apple’s throttling practices raised concerns that Android manufacturers were guilty of doing the same thing.

On Thursday, HTC and Motorola said that they haven’t slowed down old phones on account of aging batteries. And on Friday, Samsung and LG confirmed to Phone Arena via e-mailed statements they haven’t throttled devices, either:

Never have, never will! We care what our customers think.


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.


In related news, Apple published a statement on its website apologized for not informing owners of older iPhones that their devices were being intentionally slowed down. The company says that the aim wasn’t planned obsolescence, but instead making the iPhones “last as long as possible”.

To make amends, Apple reduced the price of iPhone battery replacements by $50 for a limited time, from $79 to $29. In addition, it promised an “early 2018” software update that’ll provide more information about a given iPhone’s battery health.

Source 1: Phone ArenaSource 2: AppleSource 3: Apple