Samsung intends to Fix Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge RAM Management Issues


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Samsung’s flagship smartphones are riddled with a bug that shuts down apps in the background even when the user wants to keep them running. Samsung has seemingly acknowledged this problem and says it is issuing micro-updates to fix the issue.

Samsung might be working on a fix to the aggressive RAM management issues that users of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have been complaining about.

The UK arm of the South Korean electronics maker acknowledged on its Facebook page that its two flagship smartphones are facing issues with the 3GB of RAM powering the device. More importantly, Samsung says it is currently releasing micro-updates to the Samsung software to fix problems with the current version.

“Micro-updates are in the process of being rolled out to correct issues relating to device performance and stability Johan!” Samsung replied to a user asking about the problem. “Keep checking for these on your device via Settings > About device > Software update > Update now.”

Samsung, however, did not specify whether the micro-updates would fix the RAM management issues plaguing a lot of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices. The problem is not the lack of RAM in both devices. In fact, both have plenty more than they need with 3GB of DDR2 RAM. The problem is more like Samsung seems to have gone overboard managing the RAM needed to keep apps running that the phones keep shutting down apps even when the user wants to keep them running silently in the background.

“For example, I’ll open up Chrome, go to a web page, exit Chrome, and then when I come back to Chrome, it starts reloading the page again,” said one user who took to the XDA Developers forum to discuss the problem. “I’ve noticed it refreshes or restarts a ton of apps after I come back to them after a short amount of time and it never puts me where I last left off in the app. Even my two-year-old phones keep apps open longer. What’s up with this?”

YouTube user PhoneBuff also uploaded a speed test comparing the Galaxy S6 with the HTC One M9 and iPhone 6. We’re looking at whether it is Android Lollipop causing the RAM problems or Samsung’s own TouchWiz, so we’re not going to look at how the Galaxy S6 fared with the iPhone 6 this time.

Compared with the One M9, though, the Galaxy S6 opened apps faster during the first round. However, in the second round, where the One M9 had apps running in the background, the Galaxy S6 lagged behind since it had to open apps from the ground up once again.

Check out this video below for a demonstration of the RAM management problems. Let’s just hope Samsung’s micro-updates address these issues, since many users won’t be happy to have such an inconvenience in their brand, spankin’ new expensive smartphones.

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