Android 5.0 Lollipop's reported excessive lag might be due to memory leak, fix incoming

Android 5.0 Lollipop's reported excessive lag might be due to memory leak, fix incoming
With a whole thread at the AOSP issue tracker, dedicated to the excess amount of lag that accumulates over time while perusing the newest Android 5.0 Lollipop, the problem might finally be going away soon.

If you thought you were imagining things when after 40 hours or so of perusing Lollipop it starts to visibly lag and hang apps at times, you'd be pleased to know that you are not alone in this. It turns out that between all of the under-the-hood improvement, like swapping the kernel and establishing 64-bit reign with Lollipop, Google might have left a small memory leak, which leads to lag and errors over time.

The issue can be fixed with a simple reboot, but that's not the way we usually expect to handle our phones, more so if after 40 hours lag and burn could happen all over again. The problem has been reported, however, and even changed its status to "resolved," so probably Google will be fixing this quickly with the Android 5.0 version updates that are to follow.

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54 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Been usinv it since day 1, there is no lag , wtf are you talking about?

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Click the source link, that's why it's there.

6. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

There is most certainly lag. Meanwhile the Lumia 930 outpaces all of the puny android 5.0 devices. When will people make the logical choice and pick Windows Phone.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

When WP actually becomes better. Right now, nope.

41. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Many would disagree with you that Windows Phone has not been better, many will make fun of its but you can't deny its influence on material design/ Android L and UI minimalistic approach in the world. All OS has something to offer WP Android and iOS. Hope Google work out that lag for its users sake, bugs happens on all platforms some more than others, hope they become a thing of the past sooner rather than later.

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

From a fanboy's mouth...

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Waiting for the appstore to expand

15. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

We have all the apps you need. You cannot resist the temptation of Windows Phone 8.1. We have more apps than all other platforms combined you feeble minded late adopter.

18. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

you're a funny guy/girl.

33. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Tried the phone and guess what? Your pathetic phone can't even handle 500 songs and show them properly. You complain about lag while your OS can't even do anything else right...

35. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

tury694, that Microsoft tea you are drinking is some good sh*t huh? Cause bro you are clearly tripping face! I will plus you one cause you are flying high like an eagle! +1

40. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Thank you my friend. I have felt great since owning the Lumia 930

53. g2a5b0e unregistered

LMAO!!! +1

38. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I'd rather wait for Windows 10.1 to come out.

44. Furbal unregistered

I use my 1520 or htc M8 windows nearly every other day (swap between that and my note 4/ htc m8 android). It is missing quite a few apps, and the app store design is horrible compared to iOS or Android (in regards to finding stuff). Love the OS but it does need improvement.

21. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Of course... WP is an OS with features comparable to Android 2.x, but running on today's hardware.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Guys Calm down, I think he is being sarcastic, look at his other comments on this thread, there is no chance he is being serious.

47. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What.....Google, why would you let it happen?

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're in complete and utter denial if you think there isn't any lag. Lollipop was practically unusable in the first version. In addition to the other problems that were there.

28. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm not sure what you're talking about. Have you used Lollipop? It was perfectly usually at 5.0 and it's more than usuable now. It just needs a little polish.

34. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Actually I think the second dev preview worked better than anything else that has come out. It is amazing that it worked so well while the official released sucked.

37. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The second preview version ran Android the best I've ever seen. I'm not sure what happened between then and the final release.

52. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The preview version had very minimal lag,not even noticeable. And since 5.0.1 I haven't noticed real lag yet. Only the memory leak issue I do have from time to time. But with new software there are bugs, there isn't an OS out there who didn't have bugs.

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

My Nexus 5 definitely lags after a while. Apps open more slowly, and complete re-draws start to occur. A reboot solves it for a while, until the issue creeps in again. I was hoping that 5.0.1 would solve it, but it still exists.

26. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

There is a lot of lag in Lollipop. I have a Nexus 5 running Kitkat and a Nexus 5 running Lollipop and Kitkat seems to be much faster.

29. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

See you need to have the phone running for more that 40 hours. I would have never known because I reboot my phone everyday when I take a shower... I believe all phones should be rebooted once a day. I don't care if it's Android, Apple, Windows Phone, Black Berry & everything else under the sun. To me that's good practice, just like rebooting a PC daily. This is very interesting to me.

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

How did they not notice this is beta? I would think they would use the phone for forty hours, which is pretty easy is you don't turn it off at night. Same with the flashlight glitch on the nexus phones. But that was small. This is pretty big!

27. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I used the preview version of Lollipop and it was much quicker than the final product.

4. tobym6

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

Yes your one experience is the exact same as all users on tons of different hardware types.

5. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Lollipop = Vista = failed Android fans will still denial

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