Remember back in July when Samsung was caught boosting its benchmark scores? After this happened, the company responded with the usual defense. Now, thanks to the Android 4.4 KitKat update, Samsung took some time to remove the code that was causing the boosting. Through some testing, Ars Technica and Geekbench were able to find that the scores for both the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 came up short when compared to the scores from when they ran Android 4.3 Jell Bean. And the difference was quite substantial. The single-core score went from 682 to 674 and the multi-core score dropped from 2114 to 1913.
Shortly after this news came out, developer Wanam was able to confirm this news. He told Android Police on Twitter that Samsung’s KitKat builds lacked the “com.sec.android.app.twdvfs” package previously present. So there you have it, Samsung its benchmark-boosting phantom to avoid further negative attention. Now let’s see how the Galaxy S 5 stacks up to the competition this year.