Android M comes with a revamped RAM Manager and it's totally awesome

Android M comes with a revamped RAM Manager and it's totally awesome
Remember that with stock Android Lollipop Google introduced a neat way to check the RAM status of your phone and how much memory does each app currently occupy? Undoubtedly, a feature that has not been overlooked by those power users who like to tinker with their phones and see what are some of the heavier apps they have.

Well, it seems that Android M will further improve this functionality by giving users even better and more comprehensible way to check the maximum and average RAM that each app has occupied.

The new Memory section in Android M is a bit hidden, mind you - in stock Lollipop, you only need to head to Settings > Apps and swipe left in order to see your running apps, but in the M Developer Preview you have to navigate to System > Apps, then tap on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, open Advanced, then tap on Memory.

Once inside, you are treated to an informative, per-app breakdown of the maximum and average RAM that each of your apps is using, both system and user-installed. A dark green shade is used for the average reading, while a lighter green one shows you the absolute maximum amount of operational memory the app has occupied. You can also see whether the app in question is constantly or rarely running in the background.

Tapping on an app reveals all of its running processes along with the amount of RAM they occupy; some non-vital system ones can be stopped by the user by tapping on the new "X" button on the right. You are also treated to the familiar "Force Stop" button that allows you to kill misbehaving apps.

All in all, Google has implemented a pretty welcome improvement to the RAM memory manager in Android M. Here's to hoping that it's final version will retain all features of the new one, and then add some.

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16 Comments

1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

And 80% users still don't android L on their phones.

4. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Cuz a large percentage of Androids sold are budget phones, not in line for Lolllipop

13. waddup121 unregistered

hell yeah thats cleaner!

20. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Most users don't care. My HTC desire 816 is on 4.4.4 & running awesome. Now lollipop 5.0 is available to download. I may update it, but most people don't care. It's running faster & much smoother than iPhone 5 which my sister has..

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I smell Memory Leaks on release date

3. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

AWWEEEEESOME. We've been hearing this since years. What do we have? That buggylaggy Lollipop. Project Butter, Volta, and my a$$.

5. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Don't worry too much, it's fixed now.

6. brian81

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Lel How about your bUgapple, they going to fix the bugs just to put another more bugs lel

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

You are asking to get rekt fam

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Project butter, volta, doze or whatever are OK but your a$$? OMG... just keep your bad, filthy smelly a$$ with you. we dont want it

12. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

8. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Did anyone of PhoneArena's crew has spent a few minutes in Lollipop's Developer's options ? THIS FEATURE IS ALREADY IMPLEMENTED IN ANDROID L!!!. It's not something new

9. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

galaxy note 3 uk unlocked...still no lollipop yet.....hmmm .

11. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

You should ask Samsung

14. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Why does Android have so many issues with memory usage? iOS, Windows Phone and BB10 seem to get along just fine with the same or less memory.

15. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

They need to add another button---never run automatically.

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