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:


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. 

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61 Comments

70. TechVoid

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 18, 2014

The lie detector detected that was a lie.

64. bombpop

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

LG extended their warranties on newest phones for an extra year for free. Apple has not. Troll better.

59. warrenellis93

Posts: 567; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

No samsung just makes your phone restart and bootloop

56. rowlin

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Another reason why they should just make them with replaceable batteries, then it's easy to always have a strong battery.

52. kiko007

Posts: 7526; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Alternative Headline: Samsung and LG do not slow phones with older batteries... because their phones slow down regardless.

48. Jrod99

Posts: 783; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Funny watching other oems take advantage of this opertunity. Can’t blame them. Kinda like when Xbox one announce first to lots of back lash. Then Sony change their PS4 policy and ate Xbox’s lunch.

44. rsiders

Posts: 2083; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well if you own one of LG's older flagships you can always replace the battery yourself anyway. Long live the LG V20.

35. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

$30 to get replaced the battery by Apple itself is a very cool price.

41. cmdacos

Posts: 4429; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And good profit for apple when the battery costs 4.50

42. sgodsell

Posts: 7692; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow, you are justify Apple, and are willing to pay for Apples mistake. You are definitely a loyal sheep and Apple loves people like you. People at Apple HQ. We have a battery problem. Hmm, is their a way we can fix this problem without costing too much? Well we could slow the SoC down to the point where it doesn't drain too much from the battery. Besides most users browse the web, use some social media, listen to music, watch a few videos. So the vast majority of the population will never know what has happened to their iPhone. This could also delay any repairs until after their warranty expires. Then the ownus is on the customer, instead of us. Then we can charge the customer for our mistakes.

31. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Samsungs and LGs are already slow with chips which are two years behind Apple’s. it couldn’t take that much to slow them down further.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple should replace those aging batteries for free, especially if they’re only doing it for a year. That would be better PR, and Apple had definitely taken a PR hit on this one. Still one of my favorite companies, and I’m buying that 6.5 incher, if it materializes, but c’mon Apple...hook em up. I’m not gonna stop using/buying iPhones over this. Now that it’s in the public, Apple will be forced to handle it differently. Samsung was using cheap batteries, Note 7 happened, and the backlash made them step their game up. I didn’t bail on Samsung, and I’m not bailing on Apple.

32. maherk

Posts: 7113; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Samsung didn't use cheap batteries in the Note 7, the problem was the size of the battery.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You’re probably right bro, but I think something cheap/cost cutting went on, and caused a bad result. I did read somewhere, about ATL batteries being lower budget though.

38. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

I think they were replacing batteries of 6s for free upto 3years(1 time), my brother had a 6s out of warranty & they replaced the battery for free, I think same should be done for other models given the kind of profit margin they have.

22. paceman unregistered

Google is not better than Apple! They made Treble unavailable for many new 2017 phones. I have Iphones and Android phones and love both.

37. sgodsell

Posts: 7692; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your an idiot if you think Google made Treble unavailable for many new phones. It's up to the OEMs to implement Treble. Google wants every OEM to go with Treble, because it would make the update cycles faster, and easier to implement later on. Clearly you don't know what you are talking about.

57. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The reason it is unavailable for some phones is because it requires a partition in the phone's memory. That can't be done with an updates, more often than not, it would brick the device. And that isn't isolated to mobile phones. If you tried to partition the hard drive on your laptop after the OS was installed and running, it would bork that as well. The problem was, the OEMs didn't implement putting the partition in place for when Google rolled this out. Hell, OnePlus didn't even do it for the 5T, released months after it was publicly announced. Google shares these plans with their partners to give them a heads-up so they can implement the necessary requirements for them to work. What they can't do is force them to implement them. This is on the OEMs.

15. Papa_Ji

Posts: 930; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Real reason why apple updates iPhone for 3-4 years..... SLOW THE PHONE EACH TIME and force the users to buy new one even after 1 year. Happy to see how apple is f**k iSheep so hard again and again.

20. Peacetoall unregistered

isheep love that kind of treatment I'm sure if android oem start doing this they will start buying android phones.

14. Kibzara

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

My dad uses galaxy K zoom for about 4 years now, and it still works good. Yes, it is laggy out of the box, from first day, sammy is known for it, but it did not change a bit from the moment he bought it.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Slowing something already slow!!!!!

10. asirfaysal

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

Savage af

8. solomonsteve

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Every iPhone affected user should sue Apple. Heck, they should even replace the batteries for free. The have the guts to charge $29 for them too. This is funny. They think we fools huh?? Apple will always milk every dime out of their users. I said this sometime ago and iSheeps got mad here.

7. So-min

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

King Samsung and LG are the only true service servants. Thank you for showing we are honest and have our pride.

26. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

LMFAO, LG is the king of defects, go troll somewhere else.

34. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Cheating on Geekbench scores though. Don’t forget. Now they can’t do anything to hide the difference because iPhones score over 100% higher than the best Samsung has to offer.

40. cmdacos

Posts: 4429; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I'll take a second slower for the better ram management my note 8 has along with real multitasking and headless apps.

6. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Samsung doesn't need to slow down their phones because they are already slow as hell. I didn't even install many apps on it and I had it replaced once on july with a different unit. I can't wait to change my phone back to a Sony(if ever they up their game). I owned this helltrap S8 since May and i can't stand it.

9. Peacetoall unregistered

you're trying too hard shill

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