Google limits benchmarking apps before introducing Pixel 8/Pro


According to a statement Google made to 9to5Google recently, the company intentionally disabled popular benchmarking apps on the pre-release versions of the Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro smartphones to avoid the disclosure of key hardware information.

Similar measures were used to prevent the disclosure of benchmark test results and device specs during the pre-release phase of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones.


Google limits benchmarking apps before introducing the Pixel 8/Pro

After the release of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, the relevant limitations were removed. The reviewer can install and execute it via sideloading if he wishes to preflight-check the relevant performance.

It has been widely reported that Google has gone to extreme lengths to protect the privacy of its Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro by blocking reviewers from accessing the Play Store to download popular benchmarking programs like Geekbench and 3D Mark. In an additional effort to limit the dissemination of benchmark results, Google blocked access to the service for all new Pixel 8 customers after the phone’s debut.

Google acknowledges the Tensor G3 chip’s relative performance deficiencies by emphasizing that it was created with efficiency and artificial intelligence in mind rather than just seeking performance. Some testers had their access to the Google Play Store restricted, but others were able to install the evaluation version of the app via “sideloading.” Results from Geekbench, 3DMark, and other benchmarking tools have thus revealed the rather middling performance of the Tensor G3 chip.

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