Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Caught Throttling Games Too Prompting Geekbench Delisting
However, benchmarks are notably absent from the list of apps that GOS detects, and some testing showed that GOS does not throttle benchmarks. Geekbench saw this behavior as “benchmark manipulation” and delisted the Galaxy S22, S21, S20, and S10. Samsung committed to releasing a software update that addresses GOS throttling, but Geekbench has a policy of not removing device bans even if the offending issue is resolved by a patch.
Then, last week, after a complaint was filed with the South Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC), Samsung published a FAQ about GOS in an attempt to clear up some misconceptions. Samsung claimed that the list of 10,000 apps detected by GOS is not a list of apps that GOS throttles, but rather a list that GOS uses to quickly determine which apps to throttle and which to not. After digging into the GOS code, Android Police was able to confirm this claim, meaning that GOS exclusively throttles high intensity games, contrary to the initial allegations that the throttling was much more widespread.
Unlike the Galaxy phones with GOS throttling, the Galaxy Tab S8 series is not already listed in Geekbench’s database. Even so, Geekbench plans to delist the Tab S8 series like it did with the Galaxy S22, S21, S20, and S10, according to Android Police.