OnePlus 3 RAM management is aggressive for a reason, but you can change it

The OnePlus 3 has caught plenty of fire for the way it handles its memory. But maddening as it is to watch the device dump app after app, there is some solace for spec nerds.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explained that the phone’s programmed more aggressively to be energy-efficient. Indeed, the launch of this device focused heavily on battery life and quick charging.

Fortunately, as Pei mentioned, the kernel’s out in the open and people have been playing around with it. Take the fine folks at XDA, who have managed a quick hack with a single string edit. C4ETech, the outlet that made the speedtest comparison between the Galaxy S7 edge and the OnePlus 3, acknowledged the fix in a video of its own.

The one line in the build.prop file is “ro.sys.fw.bg_apps_limit=20”. Change that “20” into a higher number and the OnePlus 3 can suddenly handle more apps. XDA set the value to “42” and drew 22 apps on the device before it had to redraw, whereas before it only could draw 12 apps.

We’ll have to see how changing this value will affect battery performance, given its priority here.

Source: XDA-Developers
Via: PhoneArena

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Jules Wang
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