After Apple openly admitted to slowing down older iPhone models because they had old batteries in them through software updates, perhaps you’ve become curious about the stance of other smartphone companies on the issue. If you were after Samsung and LG’s position on the subject specifically, you’re in luck, as the two South Korean companies have just shared their thoughts on the matter.
In email statements sent to news site PhoneArena, both companies categorically denied ever doing such a thing as slowing down older phones. LG even went as far as to say that they “never will” do that, stating that it actually cares.
Here’s the full statement from LG:
Never have, never will! We care what our customers think.
And here’s what Samsung had to say:
Product quality has been and will always be Samsung Mobile’s top priority. We ensure extended battery life of Samsung mobile devices through multi-layer safety measures, which include software algorithms that govern the battery charging current and charging duration. We do not reduce CPU performance through software updates over the lifecycles of the phone.
Other smartphone companies that have confirmed pretty much the same — that they do not, and that they don’t plan to — slow down their older phone models include HTC and Motorola. It should be noted, however, that battery replacement and other warranty services typically cost less for products of these companies anyway, so fixing any similar issues would be easier in case they arise.
Still, the fact that these companies have come out and confirmed that they care about their customers and will never make their lives worse by slowing down phones through updates is very reassuring. You can tell which companies are ending the year 2017 right.