After a recent investigation by Anandtech pointed out that a number of popular apps were experiencing sluggish performance on the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus has now admitted to throttling hundreds of popular apps to help “reduce power consumption.”
Anandtech’s Andrei Frumusanu noticed that a number of popular browsers, including Google Chrome, performed significantly worse on benchmarks such as Jetstream 2.o and Speedometer 2.0, posting results more similar to those from old budget phones than a modern high-end device. And while Gizmodo does not use those benchmarks as part of our review process (due in part to previous tampering from companies including OnePlus and others), we can confirm similar numbers in our own testing.
Upon further review, Anandtech discovered that OnePlus had installed a custom OnePlus Performance Service function that throttled the performance of apps like YouTube, Snapchat, Discord, Twitter, Zoom, Facebook, Microsoft Office apps, and even a number of first-party apps from OnePlus. And by limiting the performance of certain cores in the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro’s Snapdragon 888 processor, OnePlus was effectively throttling these apps in order to help deliver increased battery life.
In a statement provided to XDA Developers, OnePlus has confirmed it throttled the performance of apps on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro