HTC & Motorola To Planet Earth: We Don’t Slow Old Phones Like Apple Does

You can fully expect more statements like the ones that HTC and Motorola put out today to throw some shade on the Apple iPhone battery fiasco. From The Verge:

In emails to The Verge, both companies said they do not employ similar practices with their smartphones. An HTC spokesperson said that designing phones to slow down their processor as their battery ages “is not something we do.” A Motorola spokesperson said, “We do not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries.” The Verge also reached out to Google, Samsung, LG, and Sony for comment on whether their phone processors are throttled in response to aging batteries. A Sony spokesperson said a response would be delayed by the holidays, and a Samsung spokesperson said the company was looking into it. The responses begin to clarify whether or not throttling processor speeds is typical behavior in smartphones — as of last week, we knew that Apple was doing it, but not whether it was common practice among competitors. HTC and Motorola’s responses start to suggest that it’s not.

This is problematic for Apple. If other companies were doing this, then they have plausible deniability. This is a tactic that they used before when they said that antenna problems were common in the smartphone industry during the “antennagate” fiasco which bears some similarities to what I am now calling “batterygate.” But since they’re starting come out of the woodwork to say they are not, Apple is all alone on this. Thus their messaging and resolution has to be way better than it is right now.


2 Responses to “HTC & Motorola To Planet Earth: We Don’t Slow Old Phones Like Apple Does”

  1. […] lawsuits, before offering up an apology and cheap battery replacements. But not before being trolled by their competition. Let’s face it. Apple has seriously lost their way as I guess they spent way too much time […]

  2. […] away, before offering up an apology and cheap battery replacements. But not before being trolled by their competition, having lawsuits filed, and facing two investigations by two governments. And then came the second […]

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