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OnePlus, the Android phone maker that made waves last year with some really innovative devices have been caught with their hands down the proverbial cookie jar.

According to online reports, OnePlus along with some other companies from China were recently caught boosting their benchmark scores to impress potential buyers.

It was discovered while analyzing the new Snapdragon 821 processor and why it opened apps faster, xda-developers found that the OnePlus 3T was behaving in a way not common to other handsets using the same chip, namely the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and the Google Pixel 2.

This prompted an investigation and after some digging, it turned out that certain apps on the OnePlus 3T were keeping the CPU running at higher frequencies even if there was no load.


According to xda, “Our hypothesis was that OnePlus was targeting these benchmarks by name, and was entering an alternate CPU scaling mode to pump up their benchmark scores,”. It set out to prove it by partnering with Primate Labs, makers of Geekbench benchmark tests, who confirmed their worries.

“The initial testing included a ROM dump which found that the OnePlus 3T was directly looking for quite a few apps by name. Most notably, the OnePlus 3T was looking for Geekbench, AnTuTu, Androbench, Quadrant, Vellamo, and GFXBench,” xda wrote.

To further prove the cheat, Primate Labs built a special version of Geekbench 4, so it could test the OnePlus 3T. What happened after using the custom-built benchmark tool was that the cheat was confirmed.

xda then went on to test other phones. It turns out that not only OnePlus but devices from  Meizu Pro 6 Plus and other unnamed handsets, still cheat in tests.

OnePlus admitted to the practise and said this would be the last of it.

The company said, “In order to give users a better user experience in resource intensive apps and games, especially graphically intensive ones, we implemented certain mechanisms in the community and Nougat builds to trigger the processor to run more aggressively

“The trigger process for benchmarking apps will not be present in upcoming OxygenOS builds on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.”

Will this information discourage you from getting a OnePlus? Or is it a case of giving them another try?

Apple's iPhone 7 sold very well. It sold very, very well. It sold very, very, very well, you get what i mean.

In fact it's sold so well that they've broken multiple records already. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook,“We’re thrilled to report that our holiday quarter results generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way. We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, Services, Mac, and Apple Watch,” 

In a letter to investors, the company said, “Revenue from Services grew strongly over last year, led by record customer activity on the App Store, and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline,”.


A breakdown of the numbers show that the company took in $78.4 billion in revenue and sold 78 million iPhones.

This is welcome news as Apple had been in a bit of a losing streak in terms of profits and revenue but it seems like the iPhone 7 has changed all that bringing Apple back into contention in terms of revenue generated.

Apple reported a profit of $17.8 billion and said its earnings per share were boosted by the high demand for the larger models of its iPhones, which have higher margins. On the earnings call, Chief financial officer Luca Maestri said that customer satisfaction with iPads, and the new iPad pro, was very high. He predicted strong growth in that category.

With this, it will be interesting to see what happens when the iPhone 8, slated for release later this year, is launched. Good times ahead for Apple fans.

Yesterday, users of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch were treated to a new iOS update-- the iOS 10.3 beta.

Naturally as with every new update, some new, kickass features have been integrated.


According to a report on 9to5 Mac, the new iOS 10.3 beta update will bring to the fray some new apps that include:"Find My AirPods" and others. What this would be able to do is locate the devices mentioned on the app's names. 

That's not all, Safari's Reduced Motion preference in web apps was also added as was a new "Music App" on "Podcasts" app, and new Apple File System (APFS) support.

One feature that is sure to get users excited is the floating keyboard which is designated for smaller iPads. For now, it can be enabled through code settings in 7.9 or 9.7-inch iPads.

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