Galaxy S6 memory issues acknowledged by Samsung?
Despite having 3GB of RAM, which should be enough, some Samsung Galaxy S6 memory issues have popped up over the past week. Based on reports from users, Samsung’s latest flagship (and its Edge variant) are apparently affected by some memory problems, initially described by reports as a very aggressive memory management on Samsung’s end.
Following those user complaints, Samsung has acknowledged a serious Galaxy S6 memory issue, according to Forbes, who refers to Samsung UK Facebook (activity which we could no longer locate).
The problem, according to Forbes, is that applications which are closed do not free up the RAM they were using, and, every new app launched will take up a new, different, chunk of memory, until there’s nothing left; that’s when slowdowns and crashes appear. This is somewhat (partially) different (but could be connected) from what we’ve seen reported earlier this week, where apps are being closed to aggressively, requiring longer times to load and refresh.
However, this could not entirely be Samsung’s fault. As Forbes also notes, Google admitted to memory leak issues with Android 5.0, issues that have been reportedly fixed in Android 5.1. Until the update lands on your phone (we’ve seen at least one device get it), the only solution is either to reboot the device or force close all apps from the multitasking menu. Samsung also promises micro-updates to fix the issue, but, if this is really an Android problem, and not one tied to Samsung’s customization, the South Koreans might have found a way to patch the leak themselves. “Micro-updates are in the process of being rolled out to correct issues relating to device performance and stability… Keep checking for these on your device via Settings>About device>Software update>Update now”
At least one of our multiple Galaxy S6 review units is not displaying this issue (SM-G925F), but we’re curious to find out about your experience.