Thursday, October 3, 2013

Android Benchmark Cheating is more common than you think

Just the other day we found out that Samsung was up to its old tricks inflating the new Note 3 benchmarks using controversial tactics. But unfortunately it seems that this was become a widespread problem across the industry, with other manufacturers adopting similar tactics.

According to the site Anandtech, there alre lots of other devices that detect when you're running specific benchmarks and set the CPU and GPU for high-performance modes. Just to be clear, I have nothing against smartphones and tablets having high-performance modes; what I can't accept though, is that these special modes aren't accessible to the user and are only used specifically for a number of benhcmark apps. This clearly shows "intent" in rigging the system to get a few extra points over the competition, with a performance you won't be able to use in any other case.

Asus, HTC, LG, Samsung, are just a few of those that have been caught cheating - with the exception being Motorola and Google's own Nexus devices. So... there you have it, why your Nexus 4 may be slower in benchmarks than a similar spec'ed Samsung or LG.

Wouldn't it be better for manufacturers to worry more about fixing bugs and providing a hassle free user experience (not to mention timely updates!) rather than wasting time and resources cheating benchmarks? I certainly think so, and this serves as one extra thing I'll be sure to point out next time some one asks me what smartphone or tablet they should buy.

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