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

54. stefanjshsbs

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Why my S5 lags with Lolipop ?

51. kamran32

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Several issues i am facing as i have updated my S5 and still no response from anyone not from PA nor from Samsung.

49. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

What the article above failed to mention is that the memory leak problem does not affect all nexus phones. For example, my nexus 4 is certainly not affected by it. My system RAM usage has never exceeded 300MB. But the problem is more common with nexus 5 users. So yeah the problem is real, but it does not affect all users.

46. zulrakz

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

lollipop 5.0.1 on my nexus 7 2013 heats up quickly and draining the battery so badly.. needed a quick fix google...

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nothing to fret, El Goog will iron out the wrinkles. iOS 8 and lollipop, have had their hiccups, but they both rock. Enjoy your purchases folks.

48. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Same people singing the same old song! The best part is we already know who's who so I don't see the point of fighting. Every platform has bugs that why we need strong support from the principle. All three platform have good funding and support so the issue is over blown.

42. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I have Galaxy S5 running on Lollipop and the most noticeable lag is the task switcher which is far much slower than Kitkat's.

39. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

This wouldn't really be a problem if you're someone like me who uses their device until it dies and turns off before charging it.

31. mahmood74

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 24, 2013

Yes 100% i have nexus 7 2013 its problem in android 5

12. mdorno

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

I have no problems with lag at all. I just wish they would fix the reboot bug on the Nexus 6. Phone reboots almost once a day and others have this issue as well.

45. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I think that reboot bug is preventing you from experiencing the memory leak. If it reboots once a day it can't reach enough uptime for memory leak to hog enough memory to cause performance issues.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lollipop = Windows Vista confirmed. Android fans continue to deny the existence of lag. Almost like using a Samsung phone.

23. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Damn, if lollipop = Vista, then iOS 8 = Windows ME. Memory leak is better than bricked phones.

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lolololololololololololololol +1 This Vista thing is so WEAK!

36. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Vista wasn't a memory leak, but a memory hog. And a .x fix isn't going to fix Vista like it will with LP.

5. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Lollipop = Vista = failed Android fans will still denial

7. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Windows Vista was great. How dare you compare that sorry excuse of an OS with the technological behemoth that was Windows Vista. You are right about Lollipop being a failure.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"Windows Vista was great." Someone should consider a career in standup.

16. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

My Lumia 930 has the powerful Snapdragon 810 that will run circles around all of your devices, and how dare you try to tarnish the reputation of a great OS like Windows Vista. Please provide a prompt apology for your statements.

19. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

troll of the year??

20. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Probably all that guy above me does is make fun of Windows Phone and he knows it is the best OS. I assume he enjoys trolling people on the internet.

50. Cicero

Posts: 1166; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And is only the beginning of the year! And we have a winer!

24. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You've said that your Lumia 930 has a Snapdragon 810 on several occasions, yet the very fact that you continue to post on this website means that you must know that isn't true. Therefore, you're either lying or joking, and I can't figure out why you'd want to do either.

25. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

even my Nexus 5 lags.....sometimes.

30. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Vista... Really...? That's the overstatement of this VERY young year! WOW!

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.

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: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

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.

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