Pixel 3 Update To Fix Major Memory Bug
Google has released its monthly security bulletin which covers over a dozen functional patches to improve performance and early bugs in the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, most notably the model’s poor memory management issues that prevented certain apps from running simultaneously.
Google had admitted to and promised to fix the Pixel 3′s memory issues and this fix is noted in the first patch that states “Improved memory performance in certain circumstances” and “Improved camera capture performance” and it applies to both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3/3XL.
Now users should be able to snap photos and listen to Spotify at the same time after installing the patch. The issue is likely caused by the decision to only provide 4GB of RAM on the Pixel 3.
The “Improved camera capture performance” also indicates that users won’t have to deal with their photos not saving anymore. Whether the “improved memory performance” will affect disappearing text messages bug is unclear.
The 12 other patches include improvements to the camera with an adjusted autofocus and improved camera shutter performance on the Pixel 3 and 3XL.
Other patches include “Improved USB-C Audio accessory detection” on the Pixel 3 XL, while all Pixel phones will avail from “Adjusted volume behavior when toggling Bluetooth” and “Improve unlocking performance when using Bluetooth.”
Google further notes “Improved Android Auto compatibility” for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3/3XL, in addition to “Improved audio performance for when using Android Auto in certain vehicles” on the Pixel 3.
Although 13 patches seem like a mammoth amount, earlier in the year in the April security update bulletin, Google noted a whopping 57 fixes to the Pixel and Pixel 2. Whether this latest round of patches will cull all the bugs is unclear.