Google acknowledges memory management issue on Pixel 3 duo; fix to come soon

“The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL duo were affected by a memory management issue, where the smartphones couldn’t keep apps in the memory”

For those not in the know, the latest flagship from GooglePixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (review) have been affected with a spat of issues including camera not being able to save photos and distorting loudspeaker. However, one of the more severe issues was the terrible memory management on both smartphones. Google has now acknowledged the issue and confirmed that the fix is coming soon.


Notably, both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were unable to keep apps in the background. Some apps were forcing others to force close prematurely, which made the overall experience feel sluggish. Today, a Google spokesperson has revealed that the company is working on a fix to alleviate the memory issues and it should arrive in the coming weeks. According to the company spokesperson, the new update will “keep background apps from being prematurely closed.”


The statement also reveals that the fix will trigger in “certain situations,” and there is no clarity as to what this might mean. However, several users have reported apps being closed when they opened camera and clicked pictures. This could be the situation or type of situations that the company is referring to and the fix will trigger when users start the camera and prevent background apps from closing. The assurance of this fix from the brand is a relief for Pixel 3 / 3 XL users, since for a flagship device with Snapdragon 845 SoC, this issue has been particularly annoying.

Google has revealed that the update will come with a monthly security patch update, however, it’ll not be with the November update. It’s being speculated that we might see the fix finally come out with the December monthly security patch for both smartphones. We will bring more updates as and when they emerge, so stay tuned.

Google Pixel 3 Specifications
Octa core (2.5 GHz, Quad Core + 1.6 GHz, Quad core)
Snapdragon 845
5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
1080x2160 px, 439 PPI
12.2 MP Primary Camera
Dual LED Flash
8 MP + 8 MP Dual Front Cameras
2915 mAh
Fast Charging
USB Type-C port
Google Pixel 3 Video

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