Apps deliberately slower: Smartphone manufacturers are slowing down applications

The smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is currently being criticized. The reason for this are the results of the website Anandtechwho have favourited the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have taken a closer look. In doing so, you found that the two models deliberately slow down apps that are on a list. These apps do not have access to the fastest processor core and lose an average of 20 to 35 percent in performance.

The list of apps that OnePlus slows down is long. It contains well-known and popular applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, but also Snapchat, YouTube and Netflix. In addition, the browsers of Chrome and Firefox as well as Twitch, Discord and even Pokémon Go are held back by the OnePlus smartphones.

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OnePlus: Manufacturer comments on the results

The flagship models from OnePlus are intended to slow down apps in order to save battery.


In an official Statement from OnePlus, the manufacturer justifies the procedure with user feedback. So it is said: “Our top priority is always to deliver a great user experience with our products, which is based in part on responding quickly to important user feedback. After the introduction of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro in March, some users pointed out a few areas where we could improve the battery life and thermal management of the devices.

As a result of this feedback, our research and development team has worked over the past few months to optimize device performance when using many of the most popular apps, including Chrome, by matching the app’s processor requirements with the most appropriate performance . This has helped provide a smooth experience while reducing power consumption. While this can affect the performance of the devices in some benchmarking apps, our focus, as always, is on doing everything we can to improve the device’s performance for our users. “

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