Google working on update to fix Pixel 3 memory management issues

Ruben Fields
November 7, 2018

These two new phones had been hyped for months ahead of their release, and they actually managed to deliver on most of the hype. This was bound to happen, as both the OnePlus 6 and 6T are now running Android 9 Pie, not to mention that both of them also run OxygenOS, which is closer to stock Android than a ton of other skins out there. The second image was taken using the Google Camera mode (with Night Sight activated) on the OnePlus 6 (the one that you can download from the provided link), and the third one was captured using the Google Pixel 3, and with a selected Night Sight option.

Are you seeing the change, Pixel 2 and 2 XL owners?

Remember how bad the RAM management problems were on Apple's iPhones in iOS 11?

Based on the wording of Google's statement, it would be safe to assume that the memory management issue will be addressed in the Pixel 3's next security update in December, though it's possible it'll land later than that. They were so bad that iPhone models powered by the A11 Bionic chip from 2017, which is still more powerful than anything in Android phones even now in 2018, were losing speed tests to lesser handsets. This feature has caused problems such as music apps in use being closed when users take pictures, among other situations. However, the APK version is available for Pixel series users to get a taste of what the Night Sight mode brings.

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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.

In an email sent to Google news blog 9to5Google, a Google spokesperson confirmed that the company is aware of the issue and is working to fix it. But the big story with the updated Pixels isn't necessarily their looks - it's what you can do with the new phones.

It seems that no Pixel phone after the first one is free from some major issue right after it launches. According to Google, we should expect it "in the coming weeks".

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