The Android 5.0 bug that was causing memory leaks and app crashes has finally been fixed by Google. Even though that’s good news, the fix hasn’t been released for users yet, but it is comforting to see that the Android 5.0 bug has been marked as fixed and ready for a future release. Many users have been experiencing issues with an Android 5.0 bug or more since the OS was released, but Nexus users seem to be most affected by the memory leak bug. Since the issue has been marked as future release on the Android Open Source Project Issue Tracker, it is safe to say that the update containing the fix should be rolling out in the next couple of weeks.
The issue shows up as resolved since this morning, so the Android 5.0 bug that has been leaking RAM and force-closing apps should end up being fixed on your device soon. The bug essentially caused apps to crash because of a memory leak that wouldn’t allow RAM to clear up and send resources where they were needed. The issue can be explained easily if you understand how RAM works on mobile phones, but for those of us who aren’t so tech savvy, the easiest way to put this is by saying that RAM memory was being mis-directed, allowing background apps to use up resources instead of foreground ones in use. That way, the Android 5.0 bug didn’t allow for memory to be distributed evenly to where it was needed, thus causing apps to crash and close-up unexpectedly.
Even though the fix is a future release, it is still nice to know that the Android 5.0 bug has finally been fixed. The issue was around ever since the developer preview for Android 5.0 Lollipop was released in June 2014, so it took Google long enough to fix the problems. The Android 5.0 Lollipop release wasn’t as smooth as it could have been, users complaining about various issues they had had and Nexus 7 users going as far as stating that their tablets were rendered unusable forcing them to flash an older Android factory image to make use of them.