Android 5.0.1 memory leak discovered, fix under works

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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40 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

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

2. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

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

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

33. bendgate unregistered

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

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wonder how many hypocrites will brush this under the rug

3. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 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.

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Hey, You died in first episode!

5. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

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

10. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

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

11. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

IOS 8, 8.01, 8.02, 8.1, 8.11, 8.12, 8.13, 8.2... Maybe next one, eh?

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That really is their moto for everything apple.

34. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Lol Nice.. +1

6. zhiae unregistered

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

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Lollipop is an important release for mobile gamer. Its bring android graphic tessellation.

24. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

35. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

7. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Nah, people just do it with Apple.

30. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 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

39. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

4. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

22. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

25. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 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%.

44. Furbal unregistered

Android system is draining my m8 gpe pretty badly.

8. RGreen

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Android Lollipops,

12. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

5.0.2 has already been released. Is it fixed?

14. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I didn't notice this on my n5.

19. ernest2da

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

21. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1190; Member since: Jan 24, 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...

26. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

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