Samsung accused of slowing down its phones as furious fans warn buyers.

The Galaxy S22 line is said to make apps like Stra­va, LinkedIn and Microsoft Office slow­er due to an appar­ent bug.

Accord­ing to mul­ti­ple reports, the cul­prit is Sam­sung’s Game Opti­miz­ing Ser­vice (GOS), an in-app appli­ca­tion designed to improve gam­ing performance.

The com­pa­ny claims that GOS helps elim­i­nate per­for­mance issues like lag and over­heat­ing while gaming.

It does this by lim­it­ing the per­for­mance of cer­tain gam­ing appli­ca­tions by inhibit­ing the pow­er­ful proces­sors of the device.

How­ev­er, accord­ing to the Kore­an Maeil Busi­ness News­pa­per and a num­ber of user reports online, GOS restricts apps that it shouldn’t.

The soft­ware – which is also built into a num­ber of Sam­sung’s pre­vi­ous smart­phone ranges – starts when launch­ing a game app.

Twit­ter user @GaryeonHan point­ed out that the list of apps that qual­i­fy as “games” is long and includes many apps that aren’t relat­ed to games.

He shared a screen­shot of this list­ing online, found by Sam­sung fans after dig­ging through code for the Android oper­at­ing sys­tem that runs on Sam­sung phones.

Curi­ous entrants include Microsoft Office and YouTube Vanced.

“Sam­sung has placed per­for­mance lim­its on over 10,000 apps we use in our dai­ly lives, not just games,” @GaryeonHan tweeted.

He added that GOS seems to acti­vate even when it’s not need­ed, such as when a device’s tem­per­a­ture is with­in a rea­son­able range.

Sam­sung fans took to Twit­ter to vent their frus­tra­tions, with one sug­gest­ing buy­ers of the $1,017 Galaxy S22 weren’t get­ting the per­for­mance they paid for.

They scoffed, “So you bought a Galaxy S22 which is sup­posed to have the best hard­ware and despite that…games don’t real­ly run as they should.

“The prob­lem is not poor chipset per­for­mance. The prob­lem is Sam­sung’s GOS (Games Opti­miza­tion Ser­vice) which lim­its CPU and GPU performance.”

Sam­sung is report­ed­ly inves­ti­gat­ing the issue and is expect­ed to issue an offi­cial state­ment in the com­ing days.

The Sun has con­tact­ed Sam­sung for comment.

In oth­er news, the mys­tery sur­round­ing why pre­his­toric Britons built Stone­henge has final­ly been solved after research con­firmed the mon­u­ment served as an ancient solar calendar.

In oth­er news, iPhone’s vir­tu­al assis­tant Siri is get­ting a new “gen­der neu­tral” voice.

A British woman has told of her hor­ror after scam­mers used pho­tos of a ‘sil­ver fox’ politi­cian to cheat her out of $106,000.

And Nor­folk Coun­ty Coun­cil is suing Apple over what it says is mis­lead­ing iPhone sales information.

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