Google tracks down Lollipop memory leak, preps fix
Android devices get some flack for the extent to which they like to throw memory at a problem: Windows Phone or iOS handsets might encourage devs to code within smaller memory constraints, while Android sometimes seems to just add more RAM (we’re up to 4GB at the moment) in response to any issues. But despite that reputation, there are some good reasons why Android uses as much memory as it does – most of the time, anyway. As some users upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop have noticed, however, not all of their RAM has been going to good use, and bug reports were quick to arise of excessive memory consumption and corresponding app-crashes. Luckily, an end is finally in sight.
Reports of the memory leak have been piling up for weeks now, but over on the Android Open Source Project issue tracker there’s news of progress, as Google marks the issue closed and on-track to be addressed in a future release of Android. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see the fix present in the very next little Android update (5.0.3?) to emerge, but it’s definitely in the pipeline.
One way the glitch would manifest is by killing-off apps that used persistent notifications, like media controls for background playback. Or maybe you noticed the home screen pausing to re-draw itself, when you should have been able to quickly swap right over to it. All these issues appear to be stemming from the same root cause, and with any luck this fix will address them all.