Samsung CEO Apologizes And Cites Overheating As Reason For Galaxy S22 Throttling
However, it seems that these initial allegations were based on a misunderstanding. Following the South Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC) receiving a complaint about Samsung, the company published a FAQ about GOS, asserting that the list of over 10,000 apps, rather than being a list of apps that GOS throttles, is instead a list that provides GOS with the information necessary to quickly determine whether to throttle an app or not. Android Police was later able to confirm this claim by digging into the GOS code.
Today’s shareholder meeting saw Samsung’s Vice Chairman and co-CEO, Han Jong-hee, give a deep bow of apology while saying, “We were unable to properly consider our consumer’s needs.” Like the FAQ mentioned above, Han cited heat mitigation as the reason for GOS throttling: “The device’s consistent performance is crucial when enjoying high-end games so we limited the performance of CPU and GPU to the appropriate levels to minimize overheating while maintaining consistency.”
Samsung previously announced plans to release an update addressing GOS throttling and giving users more control over device performance, prompting a question during the meeting regarding device overheating and safety concerns. Han responded by saying, “We will secure safety using a heat control algorithm. We will continue to add new functions to prevent overheating.”