Memory management issues are the latest problem with the 2018 Pixels

Memory management issues are the latest problem with the 2018 Pixels
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could have an issue with multitasking. The new models have the same 4GB of RAM used on the first-gen Pixel and subsequent versions of the handset. Some users are complaining that they can't keep more than three apps active in the background at a time. On Reddit, quite a few Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners state that their phone needs to redraw apps constantly. Others say that every time they take a picture, an app in the background is shut.

While some shout that the 2018 Pixels should have been stuffed with 6GB or even 8GB of RAM, many wonder if the problem lies elsewhere, like with the battery management system used on Android 9 Pie. For example, the Adaptive Battery feature learns which apps you use often and those you don't use frequently are closed once you're done with it. If you're suffering through this issue, try disabling Adaptive Battery to see if there is a difference.

Considering that Google has hiked the prices of the Pixel 3 series, there is plenty of grumbling going on in social media about this problem. It seems just like year, the latest Pixel phones are off to a rough start. Google was able to send out software updates to correct these issues with the Pixel 2 series, and it might have to work overtime to get the Pixel 3 series righted before it is too late. Of course, if this is a hardware issue, it might already be too late.

source: Reddit (1), (2), (3)

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  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
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  • Battery 2915 mAh
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  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
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  • Storage 64GB
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Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Ooomg the world loosing it mine over memory management. Who cares we will not pick things to Oblivion. Even mkbhd said he was on Spotify listening to music and went to take a picture and it closes Spotify who actually does this?

7. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1226; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Anyone who simply uses their smartphone and suddenly sees a photo opportunity and decides to take a Pic, whether while listening to lus, web browsing, writing a text, email etc... It's called modern life.

34. RaidR

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

I just tried to replicate the error while using Spotify, and all went smoothly. Not saying some aren't experiencing some kind of issue, I would just say this is the few and not the many. All phones have issues here and there. Oh this was on my P3XL 128.

19. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You are one of the reasons these manufacturers are getting ballsy releasing expensive, half-baked products. If you pay $1000 and just accept the fact that they relax on quality control, you are a blind idiot.

3. hjl2345

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Sure, every phone has some issues at launch, but I can't help to be a bit disappointed when there seems to be a software issue from a phone made by Google. They shoukd have known better. I mean, even Apple had a lot of issues with their launch of the iPhone XS and addressed it real soon, so it doesn't seem to be much of an issue.

10. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

iPhone XS and XS max has WiFi drop issue and this not a software issue like pixel.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They'll fix that on next production batch, no worries.

24. Georgio

Posts: 328; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Shut up with your was software issue and it was fixed very quickly. My iphone xs never had any of those problems anyway. Now lets see if google manages to fix their problems

35. RaidR

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Wait you just stated the iPhone XS had and issue, and in the same sentence said it didn't...SMH! Like all new releases with all phones there are bound to be some issues with some phones. Not to suggest every single phone. I don't have any memory issues with my P3XL 128 running Spotify, and taking pictures, or any other memory related issues. Am I to say this article is a lie just because it doesn't happen to me?

21. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Google, apple, huawei or samsung, it doesn't matter. If they release an expensive product, they gotta be useful and polished out of the box. My voice might be small but I will say it: no expensive phones for me this year until manufacturers and "professional" youtube reviewers get their s**t straight. If they're not reviewing retail products, they won't get their views.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Strange bug, haven't had this issue with my Pixel 2

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22838; Member since: May 28, 2014

ANOTHER issue, Google?! It just wouldn’t be a new Pixel release without the bugs/issues that go along with every new launch. Smh....

28. srgonu

Posts: 569; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Looks like going back to nexus line is much better option for google.

6. mike2959

Posts: 699; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Android is the culprit. Of course.

8. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016


9. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Here we go again google pixel phone and there issues.

11. iushnt

Posts: 3179; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

And people say, Samsung is taking time to implement latest Android!!

12. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Now understand why Samsung Galaxy’s and note line runs with Samsung touchwiz UI with there own services instated of stock android.

15. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Bring back nexus. Pixel is a total iPhone wannabee failure

33. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Agree with that. Google don’t upgrade even the ram to 6 gig of ram at least since the midrange android phones now a days comes with 6 gig of ram cause iPhone xs max comes with 4 gig of ram! Google think that pixel runs IOS not android lol.

16. peace247 unregistered

pathetic google... most overpriced android phones.

17. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

So these so-called big tech reviewers spend hours using these expensive pixels but problems don't show in their units, only in retail versions? This is the main reason why I don't buy phones reviewed in pre-production stage. I wait weeks or months, small youtubers are late but they review the retails and very nitpicky on gadgets problems I'm calling out google and other manufacturers: your phones are getting expensive each year so make it damn sure that you're releasing products that went thru strict quality controls and not do an EA bulls**t to consumers. I'm also getting problems with my s9 now, very disappointing for the price. I might go back using xperia phones next year, obsolete design (for some people) but very good quality out of the box.

20. yalokiy

Posts: 1124; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

If you have slowness issues on your s9, try package disabler (there is an option to disable most of samsung bloat in one go). It has helped make my s8 quite fast.

22. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I've done it before, didn't help at all. And not just slowness. Camera hangs, games freeze, saving picture errors headaches, these small things add up. Coming from xperia phones, I was spoiled by sony's bloatware management. Since samsung mobile is bigger than sony, they should have more resources to make everything better than sony.

23. yalokiy

Posts: 1124; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It was a huge difference for me, phone runs more stable as well. But I agree that users should not have to resort to things like package disabler to have performance and stability that should be offered by default.

26. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Ditched my s9 last monday, using nokia 7 plus now. Camera is so-so but for daily work use, app switching is smooth and stable. Battery is also consistent and I only need to charge the other day. Doesn't freeze on important apps at all.

18. yalokiy

Posts: 1124; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Just greedy, they should have put at least 6GB RAM. Hello! It's almost the end of 2018!

25. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Google pixel team is too focused on their ai camera they forgot ram management and increasing battery size. Adaptive battery is just an alibi so that they will not get criticized with their small battery capacity.

27. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Every year I thought of buying pixel device and go back to camp android. But Google is just not serious about Pixels. This year gift to myself might be iphone Xr.

29. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 170; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

let's keep hyping this phone even more just because it is made by Google

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