Motorola and HTC Say They Don't Throttle Old Phones Like Apple

  • Motorola and HTC Say They Don't Throttle Old Phones Like Apple

Motorola and HTC Say They Don't Throttle Old Phones Like Apple

HTC said that throttling performance "is not something we do", while Motorola said "We do not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries". The behavior is meant to protect the phones' electronic components, Apple claims, and to prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly. "We do not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries", said one Motorola spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

The Verge reached out to Google, Samsung, LG, and Sony as well. With that said, we openly wondered at the time that story broke if any Android phone manufacturers were doing similar sneaky things. A Samsung spokesperson chimed in and said that they would look into the situation, without providing an official statement just yet, while Sony said a comment would be delayed due to the holidays. While it's true that lithium-ion batteries tend to degrade over time, and that characteristics like cell capacity and peak current are affected by age, there are a lot of variables at play. It doesn't sound like Google or LG have commented at all.

Earlier this month, users began noticing how their iPhones were slowing down over time, with benchmarking service Geekbench later concluding from its data that after iOS 10.2.1 past year the iPhone 6, 6s, and SE encountered performance slow downs. However, it did so without actually saying anything about the feature to iPhone users. A week ago, Apple admitted to secretly slowing down iPhones to address unexpected shutdowns most commonly experienced with the iPhone 6s.

As you might imagine, Apple is facing a backlash and lawsuits over their decision to go this route. Lucky for owners of Motorola and HTC devices, it seems that won't be necessary.