Samsung's Game Tuner app lets you tweak the resolution and framerate of Android games

On the PC, most gamers rely on the ability of dialing down the resolution of the in-game graphics in order to adjust performance, especially if the situation involves running demanding games on older machines. On our smartphones, this is not an option, as each app runs at a certain pre-defined resolution. Samsung decided that it's time to change all this and has launched a unique app that we're very excited to start testing for ourselves.

Samsung promotes the app, called the Samsung Game Tuner, as a great tool for saving up on battery life and improving performance by reducing the quality of the graphics. You can select between device-level profiles - High, Medium, Low, or Extremely Low - or you can tweak the resolution and frame rate threshold for each game individually.

For a feel of the UI, here are the official screenshots:

The app is now available for free from the Play Store. Unfortunately, the game graphics tweaking system is only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ at the moment. The Play Store description of the app says that support for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge is "in preparation", hardly surprising news given the near-identical hardware.

In theory, the ability to dial down the framerate from 60FPS to 30FPS if the game doesn't need ultra fluency or reducing the texture resolution if graphics quality is not a title's main strength, can help reduce the toll on both the battery and the GPU. This is a customization level that many Android users would like to have on their smartphones.

It's easy to see how the Samsung Game Tuner would be needed on other Galaxy phones, especially mid-range and entry-level handsets that often lack the processing power to run the most 3D-intensive Android titles. Reducing the graphics quality on such devices wouldn't be done for the extra battery life, but rather to ensure that demanding apps run smoother.

Interestingly, some claim that they've noticed better graphics when forcing titles to run in high-resolution mode compared to before installing the app. That's a particularly interesting claim, one that we'll have to take a closer look at before drawing conclusions. At a first glance, this seems unlikely seeing as phones with 2K displays automatically make use of high-resolution resources if available.

This sounds like a very interesting app, so make sure head over to the source link and upgrade the graphics quality if you're rocking one of the two supported handsets.

source: Play Store



31. yemkoid

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Samsung should make it compatible with Note 4s and Note 3

32. Shocky unregistered

Give them a chance, they've just released this.

33. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Maybe only Note 4 since Note 3 isnt pushin QHD

30. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 897; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Android: God of customisation... Now even hardwares are customizable by software..

27. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Anyone tried side loading this on other devices and see what happens?

26. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

But I need this on other smartphones!

23. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'm downloading this right now!

22. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Now we can expect this in Android N (Nimbu) and IOS10. :P

21. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Wow now this is a great app. Instant download.

17. Shocky unregistered

Thank you Samsung!!!! Just tried the apk on my S6 and it works perfectly, this is exactly what I wanted. Shame you can't force it in apps other than games, would be fun to try in some benchmarks but it definitely works in games so I'm very happy right now.

8. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Can't wait for people to call this a gimmick..then worship it when someone else does it In terms of the software could Samsung build this into touchwiz and allow you tweak the resolution of the entire phone?

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

It could but people would call it bloatware, lol.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Until they get it.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Am sure they could, but why would you want to do that? For the most part, probably only Samsung's own native apps, actually use 1440p on their latest phones. while most of the apps on the Play Store likely don't exceed 1080p. So I dont see a benefit of focing every to run lower because it already does. But for demanding games where pushing 1080p might not be good, choosing something less would be really cool. I am gonna try it on Asphalt 8 and Need for Speed Most Wanted

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Not really: Everything will run at native resolution.

19. Shocky unregistered

This has been explained to you before but you just don't listen...

7. tacarat

Posts: 855; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It'd be nice if they donated this to google or the android community at large. I'm sure somebody will release a similar app soon.

6. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Nothing about the iphone6s scoring in 10th place in DXO camera review!?!?

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013


10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

15. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Scored as high as the galaxy S5

16. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Not that I care, but S5 is 79 and 6S is 82. If you think 79 is equal to 82 then you could also say 82 is equal to 84 which is Nexus 6P.

20. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Hmm perhaps I looked at the wrong spot....facepalm...

24. nodes

Posts: 1165; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i really don't get DxOMark, even Z5 is in the first place, while it's camera is not that good as to be in the first place.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Do you own a Z5 phone? Otherwise your comment is just another effort at trolling.

34. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They measure various factors for camera performance. Z5 may be lesser than some others in some factors, but its performance as a whole under the various criteria ranks it the best.

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Great move by Samsug, make it a paid app for Snapdragon 810 phones and they will make a ton of money on this app. :D

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Graphics settings should be a given for almost all mobile games. But good on Samsung for offering a solution, now if onyl Google and/or the other manufacturers would do the same.

3. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Hoping it gets ported to other devices.

25. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yup.. Especially for many mid-range phones with 1080p displays like Lenovo K3 Note, Xiaomi MI4i, Lenovo P1, etc.. Better yet, I want Google to allow us to reduce the resolution to 1/4 to the whole UI at our will in next Android version -- for better battery life as stupid phone makers make displays with ridiculously high resolution.. Like 4K --> 1080p or QHD --> 720p or 1080p --> qHD (960x540) or even 720p --> nHD (640x360) to save battery, reduce unnecessary heating, smooth UI.. When browsing change to native resolution, when gaming and watching movies, reduce resolution to 1/4..

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