Samsung and LG also confirm they do not slow down phones with older batteries
Two of the biggest Android phone makers - Samsung and LG - have just confirmed that they do not slow down phones with older batteries, a tactic that Apple has admitted it uses on some iPhones with aging batteries to prevent them from unexpected shutdowns.
In emails to PhoneArena the companies denied ever reducing the speed of the processor in its phones and LG explicitly committed it "never will" do slow down its phones.
Here are the official comments by the two companies:
LG Electronics, Inc.: Never have, never will! We care what our customers think.
Samsung Electronics Co.,LTD.: Product quality has been and will always be Samsung Mobile's top priority. We ensure extended battery life of Samsung mobile devices through multi-layer safety measures, which include software algorithms that govern the battery charging current and charging duration. We do not reduce CPU performance through software updates over the lifecycles of the phone.
Just yesterday, HTC and Motorola also confirmed that they are not slowing down phones with aging batteries.
We have also reached out to Google and will update you when we get an official response.
Meanwhile, Apple has apologized for slowing down users iPhones without their knowledge and now offers a new battery replacement program with the price of the replacement reduced by $50, down to $29. The iPhone 6 and later are eligible, but the company will only replace those batteries that have have aged to the point where a replacement is needed. Currently, nobody knows exactly when this happens. Apple officially says that an iPhone battery loses a significant amount of its capacity after 500 charge cycles, but this information is hard to access. Apple will issue an update in early 2018 that will make information about battery health easily available on the iPhone.
Things that are NOT allowed: