2013 was a bad year for mobile phone hardware geeks out there who enjoy benchmarking new handsets – it was discovered that Samsung was artificially inflating the scores of its handsets on almost every popular benchmarking application. It started with the 3G version of the Galaxy S4 that we got in South Africa and actually spread its way across a variety of Samsung’s phones as they started to receive the Android 4.3 update which was rolled out, in part, to broaden the Galaxy Gear compatibility.
Thankfully it seems that the update to the latest version of the Android operating system version 4.4, or KitKat as it has been named in Google style desert speak, has removed the small lines of code from Samsung devices that allowed them to ‘cheat’ the benchmarks.
According to a report from arstechnica, which was backed up from the makers of the benchmarking suite Geekbench, the freshly updated Samsung devices running Android 4.4.2 seem to have iron out the performance enhancements they received as a part of the 4.3 update. While the phones do still perform better than their Android 4.2 running counterparts, that should mostly be a result of the under-the-hood improvements made by Google in the latest version of the mobile OS.
In the US, 14 Galaxy devices are down for the KitKat update which will help with performance, especially on lower end handsets, but won’t bring the new rounder icon based interface of the recently launched Galaxy S5 to any of the older handsets. Hopefully the new flagship Galaxy S5 will arrive on April 11th without any of the tomfoolery that the updates have taken out of its predecessors which to be honest it shouldn’t need considering the fact that it runs on the fastest Snapdragon 801 processor around.