Owners of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone are complaining of a RAM management bug which causes apps to be refreshed when multitasking, which in turn causes background apps to lose their content.
While the Samsung S6 and S6 Edge have 3GB of fast DDR4 RAM, the software that controls the memory management appears to be set too aggressively, which is closing background apps prematurely.
XDA Developer’s forum member brian85 succinctly describes the issue users are facing:
“For example. I’ll open up chrome, go to a webpage, exit chrome, and then when I come back to chrome it starts reloading the page again. 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.”
Another users are complaining of excessive RAM usage which can only be fixed by manually shutting down apps or rebooting the handset.
However, there may be a resolution on the way for S6 and S6 Edge users plagued by this problem. According to a post made on Facebook by Samsung Mobile UK, an update may be incoming that will address the issue (although this may be just a standard social media response).
Interestingly, the Android 5.1.1 changelog lists “RAM management improved” as one of the improvements it contains. However, the S6 and S6 Edge both run Android 5.0.2, so the patch may be a one being developed by Samsung.
Samsung has finally unveiled its
long-awaited and much-rumored flagship smartphone. Well, two smartphones to be
accurate. Joining the standard Galaxy S6 is the Galaxy S6 Edge that features a
First, let’s take a look at the basics:
- 5.1-inch 2,560×1,440 Super
AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577 ppi
- Exynos Octacore processor
- 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 32/64/128GB UFS (Universal
Flash Storage) 2.0 internal storage
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 16MP f1.9 rear camera with
optical image stabilization and live HDR
- 5MP f1.9 front camera with live
- Fingerprint reader
- Category 6 LTE offering up to
300 Mbps down/50 Mbps up data transfer speeds
- Wi-Fi 802.11 AC with HT80 MIMO,
Bluetooth LE, NFC, IR blaster
- 2,550mAh (S6) and 2,600mAh (S6
But these are just the bare specs, let’s
take a deeper look at some of the changes.
Availability: April 10.
- 5.1-inch 2,560×1,440 Super
Fast charging, wireless charging
Got stuff to do,
you’re in a hurry and your smartphone is almost flat? The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge features a fast charge function
that gives you 4 hours of usage from a 10-minute charge.
The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge also
feature wireless charging, supporting WPC and PMA standards, as well as
offering support for Qi-enabled chargers.
One downside is that you’ll have to purchase
the wireless charging pad separately, which is a bit of a rub.
As well has having a larger f1.9 aperture
front and rear camera – which should dramatically help low-light performance –
Samsung has worked on making the camera faster to access. Samsung claims that
you can launch the camera in 0.7 seconds no matter whether you are using the
smartphone or it is locked.
Both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge
are equipped with a 5.1-inch 2,560×1,440 (QHD resolution) Super AMOLED display
with a pixel density of 577 ppi.
With the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung has moved away from plastic to adopt a seamless, full metal and glass
construction. The glass comes in the form of the highly durable Gorilla Glass 4,
and the glass has been treated with a special reflective material on the inside
to give it a highly jeweled finish.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
will be offered in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, and Gold Platinum options, along
with a special Blue Topaz for the Galaxy S6, and Green Emerald for the Galaxy
The Good and the bad
- Beautiful construction
- Powerful hardware
- Broad support for wireless
- Dramatically improved camera
- Improved fingerprint reader (a touch
reader as opposed to the awkward-to-use swipe system)
- Less pre-installed bloatware
- Wireless charging pad is an
- No microSD card slot for
- 3GB of RAM and not 4GB
- Battery is smaller than present in the current S5