OnePlus supports popular applications on its phones

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Photo: Sam Rutherford – OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro was intended to “optimize” the performance.

According to a recent study by Anandtech, a number of popular apps with a sluggish performance have now been recognized by onePlus 9 and onePlus 9 Pro as a way to “reduce energy consumption” with hundreds of popular apps.

Anandtech’s Andrei Frumusanu noticed that many of its popular benchmarks like Jetstream 2.o and Speedometer 2.0 had significantly worse performance than modern high-end phones, including Google Chrome. And while Gizmodo does not use these standards in our review process, we are able to confirm the like number in our own tests, partly because we have been manipulated by companies including OnePlus and others.

Following a further review, Anandtech found that the OnePlus system has installed a custom OnePlus performance service that has struck down apps such as YouTube, Snapchat, Disk, Twitter, Zoom and Facebook. And OnePlus effectively thrust these applications to help increase battery life by reducing the performance of certain nozzles on the OnePlus 9 and the 9 Pro Snapdragon 888 processor.

OnePlus confirmed in the statement given to XDA developers the efficiency of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro apps:

“We always give our products a great user experience, partly based on important user feedback quickly. After the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro launched in March, certain users told us about some areas where battery life and heat management of the devices could be improved. With this feedback, our R&D team has been working in recent months to optimize the performance of the devices by matching the most powerful applications with the most popular applications, including Chrome. This has helped to deliver a smooth and energy-saving experience. While this can affect the performance of devices for some benchmarking apps, we always focus on doing everything we can to improve the device’s user performance┬╗.

While OnePlus’ decision to limit apps’ performance to help increase battery life may be beneficial when you are away from an outlet, the way OnePlus implemented these practices is extremely shady, especially if you consider that several other devices like the Galaxy S21 do not use a throttle, as well.

At least, OnePlus should have made users aware of the possibility of increasing battery life at the expense of performance.

After OnePlus’s throttling efforts were discovered, popular benchmark manufacturer Geekbench decided to drop the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro scores from their database. But what makes this more embarrassing is that OnePlus is not even caught manipulating the behavior of its phones in a way that affects its performance for the first time.

One of my main criticisms of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro phones is that OnePlus appears to have settled down in the trimming corner to compete with competitors such as Samsung without providing the same type of design, certification for water-resistance and customers’ performance have to expect from a premium unit.

I hope that the company will now adjust its approach to balancing performance and battery life once OnePlus is caught with red hands.