Why do Android smartphones overheat and iPhones don’t?


Recently, information appeared on the network that Android manufacturers are deliberately limiting the performance of their smartphones. This is done to improve the energy efficiency of devices, increase their battery life, and also to combat the heating of the gadget.

So far, only Samsung and Xiaomi have admitted to using such restrictions, but there is every chance to believe that other companies are doing the same.

Android vendors cut the power of smartphones

The Game Optimizing Service application is responsible for limiting performance on Samsung phones. Despite the name, it works not only with games, but with more than 1000 different applications from a variety of developers.

The Koreans had to resort to such actions in order to somehow solve the problem of overheating of the flagship processors. This problem is seen in the latest generations of Qualcomm, Exynos and MediaTek chipsets, and even cutting-edge cooling systems do not help in solving it.

To put it mildly, users are not satisfied with this approach. Still, you pay a lot of money for a premium flagship, and you get a device with reduced characteristics. After the resonance in the network, the Koreans immediately released an update with which the smartphone can realize the potential of the hardware without restrictions.

Who is guilty?

In fact, in this situation, there is little fault of manufacturers. They are only trying to solve the underlying problem, namely, excessive processor heating. Initially, it arises from the fact that the reference ARM architecture, on the basis of which Qualcomm, Exynos and MediaTek make their chips, is designed with some error. That is why the same problems are observed on all top processors for Android smartphones, regardless of where they were produced: at the factories of Samsung Electronics or TSMC.

Also, the situation is complicated by the fact that the processors of the above companies are not optimized for other components of smartphones from the vast zoo of Android models. That is why Apple, which also creates its Bionic chips on the ARM architecture, has practically no problems with overheating. Apple and ARM specialists are jointly setting up processors for use in iOS, fitting them to the rest of the gadget’s hardware.

It seems that the only solution to the problem may be closer cooperation between Android smartphone manufacturers and ARM developers, as well as the creation of platforms for specific devices. By the way, Samsung recently announced this, saying that it is thinking about creating exclusive processors for its flagship Galaxy line.