Futuremark 're-lists' selected Samsung devices in 3DMark rankings

March 24, 2014

Did you know that 3DMark is the only Android benchmark backed by a public set of rules for manufacturers? Or that Futuremark was the only benchmark developer to remove devices from its performance rankings when reports of Android benchmark boosting first came to light last October?

We knew that delisting would send a message to manufacturers. We hoped it would encourage them to be fair and honest with their customers.

We are happy to say that our actions have paid off. 

After conducting our own testing, we can confirm that the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy S IV now conform to our benchmark rules when running the Android 4.4 update provided by Samsung.

Today's 3DMark Android update returns both models to the 3DMark Device Channel where you can compare over 900 Android smartphones and tablets.

Samsung Galaxy S IV

  • 3DMark scores are valid when using Android 4.2.2, 4.4.x or later.*
  • Delisted when using Android 4.3 or 4.3.1.

Samsung Galaxy Note III

  • 3DMark scores are valid when using Android 4.4.2 or later.*
  • Delisted when using Android 4.3.

*Provided that the device is running the official update released by Samsung.

Results from delisted devices are not included in 3DMark rankings. Delisted devices appear without scores at the bottom of the 3DMark Device Channel. 

What's new in 3DMark Android v1.3.1439

Improved

  • Added the ability to selectively delist devices based on Android version.

Compatibility

  • Delisted Samsung devices that comply with Futuremark benchmark rules after being updated* have been relisted in the 3DMark Device Channel.
  • Samsung Galaxy S IV: scores are valid when using Android 4.2.2 and 4.4.x or later.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note III: scores are valid when using Android 4.4.2 or later.

*Provided that the device is running the official update provided by Samsung.

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug that prevented downloads on devices set to use Turkish language.

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