Samsung plays with Android 4.4 update no longer false in benchmarks




Samsung seems to have to score higher in benchmarks. The code from the software achieved with the Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 This benchmark booster seat or in a firmware for Samsung handsets with Android 4.3.

Samsung ‘cheated’ by benchmarks into the firmware through a list of benchmark apps, if the software detects that the user initiates such an app, the processor cores are all standard on the maximum clock. Not only while running the benchmark, but also for example in menus where the processing power is not needed. Happens In that list are commonly used benchmarks native and web-based benchmarks and Sunspider BrowserMark.

Since then all the processor cores running at maximum speed, the SOC does nuclei not higher clocks as the benchmark starts and scores a telephone higher than normally would be the case. AnandTech caught several manufacturers last year cheating in benchmarks. With the release of the Galaxy S4 with Samsung Exynos soc went one step further: Benchmarks were there access to a GPU clock speed that normal apps could not reach. That is Qualcomm socs not the case.

The benchmark booster seems to have disappeared from the code of Samsung’s Android 4.4-firmwares for some of the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, says Ars Technica. The file in which the benchmarks were gone, cores no longer have the maximum clock menus benchmarks and the maker of Geekbench has signifcantly lower scores measured on Android 4.4 over the same devices on Android 4.3.

It is still not excluded that has found a Samsung harder detectable way of cheating from warns Ars Technica, although it considers that unlikely. The impact of cheating on reviews of Tweakers has been low: Tweakers uses much less common benchmarks like Kraken and Ande Bench, making the benchmark booster does not affect many of the results in our reviews. Samsung is not the only results of benchmarks trying to influence. Other manufacturers, including HTC and LG, use the same kind of tricks.

Geekbench on Galaxy S4 under Android 4.3 and 4.4

Geekbench on a Samsung Galaxy S4 under Android 4.3 (left) and Android 4.4 (right). It is seen that all the processor cores running under Android 4.3 on the maximum clock rate, where the right is not the case (screenshots: Ars Technica)


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