Samsung’s Android 4.4 update reportedly puts an end to benchmark rigging

97Last July, Samsung was caught in a bit of controversy when its flagship smartphone of the time, the Galaxy S4, was seen optimising its behaviour to score higher in commonly-used benchmarking apps.

According to the findings, the Samsung Galaxy S4 would expose higher-speed cores to certain applications like GLBenchmark 2.5.1, AnTuTu, Linpack, and Quadrant apps, while the power available to other apps would be capped at a lower speed, in an attempt to increase the battery life of the phone. This meant that the CPU power available to your typical apps was lesser than what you would expect based on the benchmarks score. Samsung allegedly did this ‘optimisation’ for GPU speeds as well.

However, it seems this practise has been put to an end with Samsung’s Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy S4. According to a report by Ars Technica.

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