Samsung is preparing a software update to give users more control over their phone’s performance, after revelations the company is cutting the speeds of more than 10,000 apps on devices like the Galaxy S22 Plus

The company says the optimization, which has attracted much criticism since it came to light earlier this week, applies only to gaming apps and is designed to keep Galaxy phones from overheating.

That’s not really an admission from Samsung, it has limited the apps in question, but the update should allow users to get peak performance from their apps. It’s not clear if the full power of the processors will be unleashed, as gaming on a red-hot device is neither safe nor fun.

In a statement to Android Central, the company said: “Our priority is to deliver the best mobile experience for consumers. The Game Optimizing Service (GOS) is designed to help game apps deliver great performance while effectively managing device temperature. GOS does not control the performance of non-gaming apps. We appreciate the feedback we get about our products and after careful consideration, we plan to roll out a software update soon so that users can monitor the performance while they game running apps.”

Whether this update will magically fix the throttling issues for other apps remains to be seen, but it seems Samsung has heard the complaints and is ready to do something about it.

Earlier this week, a list of 10,000 apps was put online, showing that even everyday apps like Instagram, Netflix, Google Keep, TikTok and Microsoft’s Office suite were slowed down by Samsung. The list even included some of Samsung’s own apps, such as Secure Folder, Samsung Cloud, Samsung Pay, Samsung Pass.

Samsung is the second Android manufacturer to be throttling apps lately. OnePlus also appeared to be involved in the practice. Apple also took a beating from users after admitting to throttle the entire CPU to protect aging batteries on iPhone models.

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