​Samsung And LG Proudly Confirm They Don't Slow Down Old Phones Like Apple

After Apple finally came out with it and admitted it had been secretly slowing down the performance of older iPhones, confirming one of the most widely-held Apple conspiracy theories out there, Samsung and LG have joined the conversation - proudly bragging that the same can't be said for them.

Both Samsung and LG confirmed to Phonearena that neither of the companies slow down the performance of old phones.

LG said, pretty simply: "Never have, never will! We care what our customers think." Fair dos.

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Samsung also commented, saying: "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."

HTC and Motorola have also piped up saying the same, explicitly saying that they don't slow down the processor in the phones when they battery of the device grows old.

Apple tried to explain that there's a perfectly good reason behind the intentional phone sabotage. Apparently, if an iPhone tries to draw more power than it's able to do, it'll suddenly shut down. By reducing how much power it can draw more gradually and controlling it (by slowing down performance), it stops the device from simply failing.

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The company told Reuters: "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.

"Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

"Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.

"We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future."

However, people are still pretty pissed, with some so annoyed that they've even filed lawsuits.

Sure, it wasn't exactly a surprise to learn about Apple slowing down phones, but it's definitely meant the company has fallen from grace for many people. Must feel pretty good to be Samsung, LG, HTC or Motorola right about now.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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