Samsung’s infamous benchmark booster removed in KitKat updates?
Samsung gained a lot of controversy last year with the launch of its Galaxy S 4. If you remember, the device defeated every single device it competed with in benchmarks, but that was until it was unveiled that Samsung was using some extra code that made the device look good on the tests. A lot of this drama has been forgotten, but so have benchmarks from most of the tests that even we use, as it’s clear that credibility is questionable.
New reports claim that the company has removed this extra code from the Android 4.4 KitKat updates that are being pushed to its Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. We still don’t have official confirmation of this change, but developers and even some benchmark services are claiming that the updates don’t include any tampering.
Obviously for you as an end-user, this is really not something you’ll notice much of a difference on. Android 4.4 KitKat is quite efficient on its own, and it’s clear that these two devices, being as powerful as they are, will perform just as good if not better than before. Let’s see if this new change helps us trust benchmarks a little more.