The largest manufacturers of Android smartphones have stated that they do not use any solutions that would slow down the work of smartphones with older batteries. After Apple admitted to lowering the clock speed of the processor, if the smartphone is powered by an older battery, the American media asked for comments from other smartphone manufacturers. So far, information has been obtained from Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola. All four of them stated that they did not reduce the efficiency of their devices.
Already, every one of us has become accustomed to the fact that over time the smartphone’s working time is shortening and it needs to be charged more often. There are two well-known solutions to this problem. The first of these is carrying a powerbank, which is useful for recharging your smartphone during the day. Another way out of this uncomfortable situation is to replace the battery with a new one. Unfortunately, this treatment is quite expensive for modern smartphones that have tightly glued cases. Apple, on the other hand, decided to extend the iPhone’s working time by lowering their performance with the changes introduced in the iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 11.2.0 system updates. Unfortunately, iPhone users were not informed about the impact of the update on the operation of their devices, which enraged quite a large group of Internet users.
Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola do not use this type of solution.
The Verge has sent queries to HTC, Motorola, LG, Samsung, Sony and Google. They were the first to reply HTC and Motorola representatives. In both cases, the answer was clearly indicated that the producers in no way slow down the processors in their smartphones if they are powered by old batteries. However, PhoneArena received similar confirmations from LG and Samsung. At the same time, Samsung added that the ageing effect of batteries is eliminated in their smartphones by controlling the charging process. Appropriate selection of the charging current and duration of the entire process directly translates into a longer battery life.
This is not the end of the latest Cupertino affair. At the beginning of next year, an iOS update will be released, which allows iPhone owners to check the condition of the batteries. Then we will also find out what the real scale of this problem is. I wonder if similar functionality will also appear on Android.