Google will soon fix the Pixel 3 memory management bug... for 'certain situations'

Google will soon fix the Pixel 3 memory management bug... for 'certain situations'
Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are not necessarily bad phones, as discovered in our in-depth review, but just in case the two’s exorbitant price points and the larger model’s ginormous notch weren’t enough to put potential buyers off, a number of distressing bugs and glitches have come to light since the handsets started selling a measly few weeks back.

Probably the most annoying and user experience-damaging issue of them all effectively made multitasking impossible, as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL appeared unable to handle running more than a couple of apps at the same time.

If that didn’t make you return your unit, you can breathe easily now, as 9To5Google has confirmed with the search giant a fix is in the works and set to roll out “in the coming weeks.” The exact nature of the malfunction correction remains unclear, as more than a few people have expressed skepticism of late this problem could in fact be repaired on a software level.

After all, you have to agree it’s a pretty big coincidence that two of the very few 2018 flagship devices packing just 4GB RAM are exhibiting such serious memory management difficulties.

But even though software updates obviously can’t give you more RAM, Google is confident background apps will be prevented from prematurely shutting down soon enough. At least in “certain situations”, which sounds like a bit of a cop-out.

We’ll just have to wait (until December, most likely) and see how thorough the fix will be. It’s probably wise not to expect the Pixel 3 and 3 XL to become multitasking powerhouses overnight, but at the very least, Google should be able to find a way to allow music streaming apps to work in the background while users snap a few pics.

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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9 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 192; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

WTF Google!

2. Feanor

Posts: 1420; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

My Sony Xperia XZ3 also packs only 4GB of RAM and it doesn't exhibit such behaviour. Again and again it seems to me that Google Pixels have a rather poor quality control. Once Sony stops building phones, because of terrible financial results, I'll have to switch to iPhone, as Android will be populated only by OEMs that mess up badly with Android. I definitely don't want a phone that forces on me a useless Bixby button, or Huawei's "creative borrowing" from iOS, or whatever nonsense Android OEMs come up with.

3. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

why google why, crushed the line of nexus phone, they were good phone and price accordingly but the pixels are pricey above all they do tends to have issues here and there, don't try to compete with apple just be who you are a software company.

4. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

why google why, crushed the line of nexus phone, they were good phone and price accordingly but the pixels are pricey above all they do tends to have issues here and there, don't try to compete with apple just be who you are a software company.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Another botched Pixel release by Google, smh. Google seriously needs to considered exiting the smartphone hardware business and focus on making Android software better than it already is.

6. datkidpatrick

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 06, 2018

this is a non issue in real world use... the only issue i can see is playing music and taking pictures... cause we all do that right??? lol ... the most apps i would "multitask" with is 4... and they all stay in memory... now if you're a 15 app multitasking person you prob didn't buy the pixel anyway soOoOo...

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That's utterly ridiculous. This is a major issue for a lot of users. Having your music suddenly stop playing is not a non issue. And even casual users can easily have ten or more apps running. For a device at this price, it should not be reloading these apps every time they are being launched.

9. datkidpatrick

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 06, 2018

i bet youre like let me play that song and snap pics all the time... ya i need 10 apps to switch in between... lmao.... i assure you i will never be "switching" between 10 apps and i don't know any "casual" users that do so... im sure there are people that do but they aren't the "casual" user... harp on the price all you want and echo articles.. that all the android community does anyway...

8. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They did a big overhaul of the camera app and it seems like it uses a lot of RAM.

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