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Android 5.0.1 memory leak discovered, fix under works

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Android 5.0.1 memory leak discovered, fix under works
Ah, Android Lollipop – the much anticipated update to Google's OS that brought about that modernistic visual overhaul everyone seems to be craving – the Material Design. But of course, Android 5.0 is more than pretty visuals – there is lots going on under the hood, looking to provide a more stable, smooth, and powerful performance.

Of course, such big new releases are not without faults and no company is safe from launching a dud. As you probably remember, iOS 8.0 caused a lot of headaches for users and Apple alike (especially the 8.0.1 update), so did iOS 8.1, which was released as soon as the new iPad Airs were announced. This prompted for updates to be released in rapid succession, with some ironing still left to be done.

Well, Google's Android is also angering early adopters, as the hot-out-of-the-oven 5.0.1 update has been reported to have a nasty memory leak, which tends to take up 1.3+ GB of RAM, resulting in on-screen apps constantly being force closed and the used phone auto-returning to home screen often. A thread on the Android Issue Tracker forum has been opened and users have reported various Nexus devices to be afflicted (2013 tablets, Nexus 4, 5, and 6), so it appears no one is safe.

The good news is that the cause of the memory leak may have been pinpointed and the thread has been closed and marked as “FutureRelease”, which means that the fix will be added to an incoming update (which update, and when, is unknown, but we'd imagine – as soon as Android devs can arrange for it to happen).

source: AOSP Issue Tracker via Phandroid

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posted on 30 Dec 2014, 03:51 6

1. AlikMalix (Posts: 5053; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Are we going to assign a #leakgate or we only do that to Apple products?

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 03:55 13

2. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


No, we are gonna take crap on Google also. They must fix their s**t. Criticism is good for making things better.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 06:53 9

15. Finalflash (Posts: 2769; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, but at least they weren't waxing lyrical about their "build quality" or calling the competition's OS a toxic hell stew. That is what earns you the gate suffix.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 09:36

33. bendgate (unregistered)


Yes they must fix this. And everyone should be criticized when their products have defects.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 10:45

38. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I wonder how many hypocrites will brush this under the rug

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 04:01 21

3. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


No. This isn't such a controversial issue as it really isn't breaking or bricking any phones or even making them unusable, unlike "bendgate", which never should have been a thing in the first place.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 06:22 1

13. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Hey, You died in first episode!

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 04:25 1

5. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Beauty of Android: People learn to be patient waiting for individual updates.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 05:52 4

10. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


All you do is hate on android in almost every post..seriously just chill man

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 05:54 10

11. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


IOS 8, 8.01, 8.02, 8.1, 8.11, 8.12, 8.13, 8.2...

Maybe next one, eh?

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 06:54 1

17. Finalflash (Posts: 2769; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


That really is their moto for everything apple.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 09:54 2

34. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Lol

Nice.. +1

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 04:33 2

6. zhiae (unregistered)


i had 5.0.1 on htc m8 and i had 5SOT and 48000+ on antutu
no issue at all .

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 05:37 2

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 5335; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Lollipop is an important release for mobile gamer.

Its bring android graphic tessellation.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:41 2

24. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Isn't the Adreno 4xx line the only one that supports tessellation?

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 08:02 1

28. joey_sfb (Posts: 5335; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yes. Another SOC is Nvidia Tegra K1. Remember PC received tessellation in DirectX 11.

Enjoying good graphic without paying for an expensive graphic card.

Just pick the right phone.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 10:02 3

35. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Shield waxes all other Android tablets in gaming, most of others too but Air2 gets a few kicks in on it before SP3 realm where no one else gets too close GFX Bench.
Geekbench puts K1 on par with i5 520.
Antutu 5.5 61000
Best bang for mobile graphic buck period.

Nuff said.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 04:43

7. ThePython (Posts: 869; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Nah, people just do it with Apple.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 06:54

16. lyndon420 (Posts: 3840; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


We only do that to apple products...

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:28

23. ThePython (Posts: 869; Member since: 08 May 2013)


No idea, people hate them just... because?

I don't even know.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 08:04 1

29. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


$100 for a 16GB bump in storage. iTunes. Closed OS with jack squat for personalization and customization. Arrogance and stubbornness to change. I dislike iOS because I've been spoiled by freedom and openness of Android. I hate Apple because they're a horrible company that overcharge their customers and waste time with idiotic lawsuits.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 10:12 2

37. ThePython (Posts: 869; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Hating them won't change anything, they will continue to be billionaires even with all the haters.

It's just a waste of time hating companies, it's so much easier to just spend time enjoying your own devices.

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 00:03

45. AlikMalix (Posts: 5053; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


- $100 for a 16GB bump in storage? 1. it's internal storage which is 5 times more optimized and faster (unless you compare to top quality SD memory which is about $70 and still not as fast) 2. I believe for extra $100 you get 48GB (64GB total), and for another $100 you get 112GB (128GB total and that's internal, read crazy fast) instead.

The rest is just fanboy blabble that you're wrong on. Apple charges what people are willing to pay, if Samsung, HTC, and LG could - they would - no one will pay for Android device unless it delivers double the specs, double the size, double the features, quadripple the bloat (oh wait). I used an android device the freedom to constantly manage your background tasks just to get a decent battery or smooth UI is not what freedom is. iOS allows me to not worry about any thing that dont interest me on my phone - it's a tool, entertainment, and management device, and Apple did it right. Android is a LEGO set for nerds!
But dont be fooled. I may not be able to change my icons or font, but I can control any App permissions (even native ones), I dont have to get bothered by notifications from any app if I dont want, I dont have to root my phone just to get a timely update. But you're so lucky you get to choose which anti-virus and anti-malware software to BUY, and which carrier prints their LOGO on YOUR phone before loading it up with resource hogging bloatware and blocking cool things like Google Wallet

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 03:27

46. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Apple charges way more for internal storage upgrades than Android manufacturers do.

You have serious misconceptions and ignorance about Android.

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 10:10

51. AlikMalix (Posts: 5053; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Just curious, if I wanted built-in 64gb or 128gb internal memory on an android device - which ones can I buy? I prefer internal - it's properly optimized and this, much faster (try opening up 1000 photos on note 4 SD vs 2000 photos on iPhone 5 (yeah the 2 year old device will load double the photos instantly, vs one by one on note4) I prefer internal, thank you and will pay extra $30 for it.

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 22:11

53. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1590; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Yeah, iOS is so well optimized in their internal storage that there's a class-action lawsuit against Apple for that very reason. Nice try though.

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 22:49

54. AlikMalix (Posts: 5053; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Link? I think you're reffering to faulty 128GB flash memory - that has nothing to do with what I said - and I bet is being replaced as we speak... I'm talking about loading photos on my iPhone 5/ or 5s vs Note 4's SD card....

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 09:13

47. Camikazi (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2014)


Wow so eloquently put, i can wait to switch my paper weight to an Iphonso.
Then I remember that Iphonso are just more expensive paper weight

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 10:13

52. AlikMalix (Posts: 5053; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


What's an "Iphonso"?

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 06:15

55. Camikazi (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2014)


Is the name of the kid of S. Jobs and Tim Cook. (Alfonso=Iphonso)

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 10:00

50. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


It really sounds like you used an Android device... in 2010.
Try an M8 and tell me it has bloat or that you have to manage background tasks to get decent battery or a smooth UI.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 08:11 1

30. wargreymon (Posts: 671; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Maybe if Google is gonna deny there is any problem with the OS and only 9 people have reported being affected by it :p

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 11:08

39. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


So a memory leak that can be temporarily fixed just by rebooting the device should be weighted the same as a extremely silly design oversight (coming from a company that can't stop boasting its designs) that can only really be fixed by getting a new, $700+ device?

I'm not saying Apple deserved as much attention as they got, but they had it coming, this is absolutely NOT as big of a deal.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 04:16 1

4. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2700; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


This memory leak isn't new to 5.0.1, it has been there since the preview version. 5.0.1 just didn't fix this. Took too long anyway, so good that they finally found a fix.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:23 1

22. techspace (Posts: 1033; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Is your battery draining faster with 5.0.1? My phone's battery life has drastically reduced after the update.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:54 1

25. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2700; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Battery improved, but that is only because I disabled Google+ sync. So it's hard to tell if it got worse after 5.01 update. I do see Google Services went up from avg 1% to 2-3%.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 14:46

44. Furbal (Posts: 921; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Android system is draining my m8 gpe pretty badly.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 05:02

8. RGreen (Posts: 68; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)


Android Lollipops,

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 06:18 1

12. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


5.0.2 has already been released. Is it fixed?

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 06:39

14. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


I didn't notice this on my n5.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 06:55 1

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 3840; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


My Nexus 6 is humming along very nicely with no issues thus far.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:08

20. kanagadeepan (Posts: 907; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


No issues on my OnePlus ONE either...

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:07

19. ernest2da (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Dec 2014)


Google Play Services is the culprit. This apps runs all the time with 5 processes even though you are not using any apps associated with it. I have turned off my Location in the setting but theapps still running Location Manager and Services. It runs Android Wear Services even my tablet has no wearable device connected to it. and so on. Bad Operating System Design.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:21

21. kanagadeepan (Posts: 907; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Its NOT like that... Actually Google recommends apps to get Location details to PlayServices than apps accessing them directly... Some not-so well optimized apps keeps asking and hence the unnecessary wake-locks by PlayServices, imho...

Most of the Yahoo apps are culprit, incl Yahoo Weather, Flickr (in my case), Yahoo-Mail (main culprit), etc... Remove these apps and you can see better performance of PlayServices... For accessing Yahoo-Mail services, you can just use recent GMail...

Just my 2 cents...

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:56

26. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 978; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Oh dear, and this is the update the Note 4 will be getting.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 07:56

27. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 978; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Oh dear, and this is the update the Note 4 will be getting.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 08:21

31. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 292; Member since: 13 May 2014)


And I was happy to get 5.0 on my S5. Now I'm waiting for 5.0.3 to come fast !

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 09:33

49. Camikazi (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2014)


I update it my wife S5 to 5.0, and it rocks. Dont believe the hype until you try. I am jealous of her now because im still waiting on my OPO and Note 4 for the ota.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 08:50 1

32. androidwindows (Posts: 186; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


I don't know why so many people are having this memory leakage problem. Lollipop (5.0 & 5.0.1) has been smooth as butter on my Nexus 4.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 10:08

36. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Goto settings, Apps, scroll one screen to right.
Check os usage of ram, it will climb higher an higher.

It doesn't really slow unit down much, but can cause lots of launcher redraws after a long Chrome session etc...its not critical, its a bug that annoys.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 11:54

41. androidwindows (Posts: 186; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


My system RAM usage has never reached 300 MB, believe it or not. My RAM usage for applications is usually higher because of apps like facebook, BBM, etc.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 12:22

43. roozbeh101 (Posts: 92; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


my 5.0.1 running nexus 7 2013 shows 1 GB of ram usage for system (0.9 GB to 1.2 GB)

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 11:16

40. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Do you leave your phone off when you go to bed? Rebooting the device clears the RAM, and with a day's usage you probably won't notice anything. I leave my Nexus 5 off while I sleep and I only noticed the issue after a rare case where I had the device on for two days straight.

posted on 30 Dec 2014, 12:01

42. androidwindows (Posts: 186; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


Maybe this problem is more common with the Nexus 5. I haven't rebooted my phone for over a week and still my system RAM usage hasn't exceeded 300MB.

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 09:27

48. Camikazi (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2014)


I am still running my abacus with my left hand, and i have to say i have not bump into any of this problems, i love carrying this around in my supermarket kart, fits perfect next to my scooter.

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