Google fixes ancient Android Marshmallow memory leak, promises swift update

Memory leaks are regrettably nothing new for even vanilla Android builds, with Google’s software engineers struggling to quash a widespread system bug of this nature in Lollipop pretty much since 5.0 debuted.

The issue, or rather multiple similar issues uniting and disguising as one, carried over into version 5.1, then were ultimately kinda sorta fixed, but returned with a bang in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Once again, online reports flagging irksome memory leaks were filed at the very beginning of the fresh OS iteration’s rollout, i.e. as far back as November 2015, yet Big G only got around to patching the instability this past Friday.

After nearly seven months of work, “the development team” has seemingly “fixed the issue”, which will alas only be “available in a future build.” The harrowing “when” of the equation thus remains up in the air, though there’s reason to hope the Band-Aid shall be applied to Nexus devices as soon as next month, baked into the search giant’s latest programmed security update.

Worst case scenario, August. By no means should this be delayed until Android N enters the scene.

Source: AOSP Issue Tracker
Via: Android Police

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