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Samsung devices no longer boosting benchmark scores after Android 4.4 update

Sean Buckley, @seaniccus
March 5, 2014
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Those artificially inflated benchmark scores Samsung devices were getting last year? They've been patched. According to new tests run by Ars Technica, Samsung devices running Android 4.4 no longer boost CPU speeds during benchmark tests. In July, Exynos variants of the Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 were caught running their CPUs at an unsustainable max speed during benchmark programs, bolstering their total score by as much as 20 percent. Samsung suggested this was normal, claiming that varied processor frequencies were designed to provide an "optimal user experience." The firm never clearly explained if the phenomenon was a feature, fault or foul play, but it's over now: Devices updated to the latest version of Android are apparently running clean.

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