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Memory draining flaw ‘still persists’ with Android Lollipop

Google recently released the MR (Maintenance Release) Android 5.1 to Nexus devices, with the update fixing the memory leak issue for some users.

The issue causes apps to crash unexpectedly and fill up the memory even when there is plenty of empty space.

The confirmation about the presence of the issue came into the spotlight when some users reported the issue on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) page.

Most of the complaints came from Nexus users, with the issue reportedly limited to Nexus 5 and 6 devices.

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A user named nguyl wrote: "I woke up this morning and noticed that Gmail was laggy. I checked the RAM and it reported 800MB used. I cleared all open apps and it still the same. Restart [fixed] it of course.

"This was the only fix that I was looking forward to in the 5.1 update. So disappointed."

Similar complaints were reported by several other users as well.

However, Google Project manager replied saying: "This has been fixed internally. We do not currently have a timeline for public release."

Initially, the issue was reported in November, and Google project member marked the issue for ‘Future Release’, which confirmed that Google failed to roll out a fix for the issue with the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update, reported NDTV Gadget.
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