Everyone lines up to give Apple a kicking

Over the holidays, major U.S. smartphone company Apple revealed they were intentionally slowing down some older iPhone devices to deal with aging batteries. The admission came after testing revealed this might be going and with the lid blown, Apple had to shift into damage control mode. Sensing an opportunity, several of the largest Android smartphone producers have started the process of getting the word out that they have not and will not slow down their devices in the way Apple did.

New statements were released today by both Samsung and LG confirming they do not engage in this activity. Their statements are:

LG Electronics – Never have, never will! We care what our customers think.

Samsung Electronics – Product quality has been and always will 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.

These statements come on the heels of similar statements from both Motorola and HTC. Sources have reached out to other major Android players like Google and Sony to confirm whether or not they employ any schemes like what Apple was doing with iPhone devices.

We will have to watch in the coming months as new phones are announced as to whether any of these companies make reference to what is now being called “Batterygate” in some quarters. The responses and strategies could range from being proactive on the issue to a more passive approach that lets Apple suffer every time news hits from any of the class action lawsuits they face over the issue.

sources: The Verge, phoneArena


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.