Over the past few months the folks at Samsung were accused of artificially boosting the benchmark performance of their high-end smartphones, by overclocking the CPU and GPU while the benchmark tests are running.
According to Ars Technica, the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update that was recently rolled out for both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 has removed the benchmark-boosting functionality. The great news for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 owners is that even though the benchmark scores are no longer inflated, the two high-end Samsung smartphones are still rocking the benchmark charts.
Even though the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 received the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in January, for the time being T-Mobile and US Cellular are the only US carriers that pushed the update for their customers. Even though there's no announced time frame for when Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T will release the new firmware update for the Note 3 variants, we are expecting to roll out to happen pretty soon.
On the other hand, soon after the Exynos-powered Galaxy S4 I9500 was updated to Android 4.4.2, the new firmware has been rolled out for the LTE-variant of the smartphone. Furthermore, three US carriers pushed the update to their users: AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular. This means that only T-Mobile and Verizon need to roll out the software update out of the US' Big Five.
Because Samsung was not the only phone maker to get caught artificially boosting the benchmark scores of their smartphones, the way we look at the benchmark tests changed.
How may of you noticed bigger/lower benchmark scores after updating your Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat? Please let us know in the comments section below.