Oculus apps allegedly cause overheating, battery drain on recently updated Galaxy smartphones
posted by Luis D. / Sep 30, 2016, 3:26 AM
It looks like owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 edge have been complaining of battery drain and overheating problems since a recent update was pushed to their handsets. A Reddit user alleged that their phone discharged down to 86% in just 15 minutes of very minimal use, with the screen getting uncomfortably hot. An hour of no use at all later, the device stood at 57% battery charge. Needless to say, that's a very rapid deterioration of battery life that's not to be taken lightly.
Another Reddit user suggested that the issues started to appear after an update to the Gear VR apps by Oculus. It is said that uninstalling the apps by Oculus solved the problems. Others took to Twitter to report the problem directly to the virtual reality company, which supplies software and drivers for Samsung's Gear VR experiences.
Hence, if you are experiencing battery drain and overheating problems since the latest update to your Samsung device, you are encouraged to try uninstalling any virtual reality apps by Oculus until the problem if resolved. But Samsung or Oculus are yet to issue an official response on the matter, so we can offer no guarantee that removing Oculus apps will provide a solution. But since there are no other suggestions at this point, you might want to try this one.
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Crappy optimization. Samsung rushes everything and screw the customers over.
posted on Sep 30, 2016, 3:45 AM 5
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This happened to my S7E. Thought my phone had finally accepted being a lagdroid. Uninstalled oculus and now it smooth as butter again. *phew*
posted on Sep 30, 2016, 3:50 AM 3
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Did the Oculus gear VR app come with the Samsung update or was that a separate app from the store?
posted on Sep 30, 2016, 6:01 AM 1
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LOL, same thing here. The last couple of days my s7e been lagging like crazy and always warm to the touch whether I was using it or not. Some apps would open right away and other would take as long as 60 seconds to open(I'm not even exaggerating). Then last night, I took my phone off the charger at 11pm, when I woke up at 6am this morning it was dead. Anyway, uninstalled oculus and everything seems to be back to normal. Probably gonna do a back up and reset anyway.
posted on Sep 30, 2016, 8:00 AM 0
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I was wondering why my phone was draining so fast. I uninstalled Oculus and my Note 5 is now back to normal battery drain.
posted on Sep 30, 2016, 7:22 AM 0
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I just had an issue with Oculus 2 days ago. Oculus was pushing install of games to my phone. I couldn't figure out how or why these apps would reinstall themselves. I talked to T-Mobile and Samsung. I had to boot into safe mode, uninstall the app, and boot back up. I finally uninstalled oculus and the apps stopped installing themselves.
posted on Sep 30, 2016, 7:28 AM 0
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