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Geekbench delists all Samsung Galaxy S22, S21, S20, and S10 models due to GOS controversy

Geekbench has banned numerous flagship Samsung Galaxy S smartphones from its Android benchmark chart. (Image source: Geekbench/Samsung - edited)
Geekbench has banned numerous flagship Samsung Galaxy S smartphones from its Android benchmark chart. (Image source: Geekbench/Samsung - edited)
Geekbench has decided to delist the Samsung Galaxy S22 series along with the Galaxy S21 range, the Galaxy S20 lineup, and all models in the Samsung Galaxy S10 family from its Android benchmark chart. The popular synthetic benchmark site has taken this drastic action in regard to the ongoing Game Optimizing Service (GOS) controversy.

Samsung has already faced some fierce backlash because of its Game Optimizing Service (GOS), which apparently picks and chooses what apps to run at full speed while throttling the Galaxy S device in question in other programs. Although the company has now assured owners that it will modify GOS to allow users to choose performance levels themselves, it seems it’s too late to satisfy the displeased devs at Geekbench.

The Twitter account for Geekbench had this to say about the furor:

Earlier this week, we were made aware of Samsung's Game Optimizing Service (GOS) and how it throttles the performance of games and applications. GOS decides to throttle (or not to throttle) applications using application identifiers and not application behavior.

In a second tweet, things got more personal:

We view this as a form of benchmark manipulation as major benchmark applications, including Geekbench, are not throttled by this service.

The final decision made was to remove all affected Samsung smartphones from the Android benchmark chart, which means all these Galaxy S models have now been delisted:

  • Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+, S22 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S21 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 5G, S20+, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE, S20 FE 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, S10 5G, S10 Lite

Although 20 smartphones are listed there, a total of 24 chart entries have actually been delisted due to separate records for Exynos and Snapdragon variants of the banned Samsung smartphones. The phones now sit awkwardly at the bottom of Geekbench's Android performance chart with the rest of the also-banished and excluded devices, such as the OnePlus 9 and Huawei P20 Pro.

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Geekbench & @geekbench (1/2/3/4)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-03- 5 (Update: 2022-03- 5)