HTC and Motorola don’t slow down phones with old batteries like Apple does

Two of the biggest Android phone manufacturers - HTC and Motorola - have explicitly confirmed that they do not slow down the processor in their phones when the battery of the device gets old.

Last week, Apple officially admitted it is throttling the speed of the processor and slowing down iPhones with older batteries. Apple claims this is not a bug, but a feature. Up until last week, Apple had not publicly acknowledged slowing down older iPhones and it was not clear that the reason for slower iPhones was actually in the battery. Instead, the average user could just think that there is another reason for the slower phone and that they need to buy a new one. In reality, swapping the battery on an older device with a new one brings the iPhones back to their original speed.

All of this has spurred questions whether slowing down the processor of the phone based on its battery age is not a common practice among phone makers. We have reached out to Samsung, LG and Google for an official denial or confirmation and will update this article as soon as we get a reply.

Meanwhile, Motorola and HTC have both confirmed that this slowing down phones and throttling the processor when the battery of the device is old is not something they do.

source: TheVerge



1. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

It's a feature is what apple said so its cool no need to worry, the best thing about an iphone is that it will slow down in one year! best feature ever!

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6918; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

At least it silenced some of the commentators on here - pretty hard to lie about how great the performance is on your aging handset when the OEM comes right out and admits to something like this. Piyath will be coming along any minute now to defend the faith....wait for it....

15. daniyal_05

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

Awkward that iphoneX isn’t selling well

2. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 170; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

I can affirm this as I have had both Motorola and HTC devices for years and used widgets that monitored processor speed

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Wow, there is no excuse (for Apple) to not make the consumer aware of this. And I really have doubts that claiming it as a feature is valid as it seems that this is a spin response from their legal and marketing teams after they got caught. All this does is really cause a perpetual cycle of yearly upgrades and continue capital for Apple inc. It is a brilliant business tactic but also a deceitful one because Apple hid this info from the public that they had an option to not upgrade but instead replace their battery have their device perform as new again.

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Lame marketing tactics by under performing desperate companies.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6918; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You're so predictable.

10. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

That was so lame.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What's truly lame is the number of people believing Apple's made up marketing excuse for why they have been doing this without telling anyone or giving any notifications of the battery degrading...

7. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

it is easy to change the battery of the iPhone so the problem will end when changing the battery, for me iPhone is more future proof than the hard to fix Android smartphones.

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Is it realy that easy to change battery in waterproof phone? And what about warranty? We say goodbye to it? At least in my country, where 2 years warranty is standard for eletronics, it sure as hell doesn't sound like a good solution. I am kinda worried to even try geekbench on my iPad Pro. With latest update, the battery drain is back (idle battery time is laughable now) and the device is just 2 years old. + It just started to "bark" on me whenever something starts to play. It's realy wierd, my guess is something is wrong with amplifier. It's fine when it's playing something, but if it "goes to sleep", it barks when it starts to play some sound.

8. mabravog

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 28, 2017

My Mom have had several Motorola phones and maybe they don't slow down the phones but the phones does it by itself after a few barely optimized updates for its processor besides the phones starts to freez and restart more often. I think is better to maintain an older well optimized android version than the latest but slower.

9. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

im not a fan of apple but motorola has their baggage too. such as updating their motorola photon to 2.3.5 and locking all mod capability on that phone. it required a bootstrap to make it work and gsm would not get unlocked.

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I've had my phone since april/2016. From android 5.0.1 to 7.1.1. It is faster than ever. Battery seems still 100% after these almost 21 months.

14. Nopers unregistered

Hang on a second. So they admitted they don’t use software that does this.... which means one of two things, the phone doesn’t draw enough power from the battery to cause these shut downs or when the battery gets old the phone starts to randomly shut down, they never said “our phones don’t shut down when the battery ages”. What I see is two struggling companies spinning a story to make it about themselves.

17. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

They didn't spin a story, PhoneArena asked them. Just like Apple was asked many times if they slowed down phones, the answer was always no until they actually got caught.

16. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

My first Android was the HTC One x. Nice looking phone but wow did it lag. Sold it for the S3 which was a lot smoother.

18. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Hey...where is Samsung's response??? hmmm.....

19. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Yeah htc doesn't. But look at what is happening to my htc one m9 now, while it still remains as fast as it was day one. The phone keeps on dying suddenly even at just 60 or 45% and it comes a surprise, it doesn't happen every single day but majority of the time I use it it does. Apple slowing down their devices is in the end for the benefit of their users. If it does more good than harm then why not

23. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

That might be another hardware problem, even my Nokia N900 can hold charge consistently. It's my backup phone and it's falling apart, but battery is still decent

21. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I still own Motorola Moto X 2014. Still works same as day one. No lags, No slowdown. Actually It's fast AF!!!

22. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

HTC`s smartphones are really reliable devices. For example, I`m still using HTC One M7 on Perfectum`s CDMA 800 MHz network, and everything is still Okay with it. Hehehe...

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