Android 5.0.1 memory leak discovered, fix under works
posted by Paul.K / Dec 30, 2014, 3:50 AM
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
Are we going to assign a #leakgate or we only do that to Apple products?
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 3:51 AM 6
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No, we are gonna take crap on Google also. They must fix their s**t. Criticism is good for making things better.
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 3:55 AM 13
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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 Dec 30, 2014, 4:01 AM 21
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Beauty of Android: People learn to be patient waiting for individual updates.
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 4:25 AM 1
i had 5.0.1 on htc m8 and i had 5SOT and 48000+ on antutu no issue at all .
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 4:33 AM 2
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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 Dec 30, 2014, 10:02 AM 3
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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 Dec 30, 2014, 11:08 AM 0
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 Dec 30, 2014, 4:16 AM 1
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Is your battery draining faster with 5.0.1? My phone's battery life has drastically reduced after the update.
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 7:23 AM 1
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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 Dec 30, 2014, 7:07 AM 0
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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 Dec 30, 2014, 7:21 AM 0
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