Samsung And LG Confirm They Don’t Slow Down Old Phones

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Good news for all consumers of Samsung and LG (not the Gallagher), they don’t slow down their older phones!

Yeah, recently Apple confirmed what we all feared that they actually schedule the downfall of their old phones in time with their newest releases.

LG and Samsung both confirmed to Phonearena that neither of them engage in such sh*thousery. HTC and Motorola also said similar yesterday.

LG said they ‘care about what our customers think’ firing so many shots at Apple it almost makes Willem Dafoe’s exit in Platoon look cute.


Apple said:

Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] 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 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.

Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers.


Chris Green from tech consultancy firm Bright Bee said (via BBC):

They should be more transparent about it. You’re taking away performance somebody has paid for.

If you’re going to slow down the phone over time, you should explain why it’s happening, so people understand it’s ultimately for their benefit.

But I do see where they’re coming from. By slowing the phone, it does help mitigate the problem of the diminishing battery.


According to a study undertaken some months ago at Harvard University, reserachers found Google searches for ‘iPhone slow’ spike a great deal right before the release of a new iPhone.

The study was executed by student Laura Trucco, who also found ‘Samsung Galaxy slow’ results did not spike in similar ways prior to a new Samsung release.

Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainthan said although the company has the means and motive to disable existing devices, they have incentives to stop it from happening.

She also revealed the reason behind the Samsung-iPhone Google searches as Android fragmentation.