Google Promises a Fix for the Pixel 3's Biggest Issue 'in the Coming Weeks'

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With its nifty software tricks and superb camera, the Pixel 3 is undoubtedly a good phone. But it ain’t perfect, and right now, the Pixel 3's biggest issue is wonky memory management.

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While it affects phones somewhat sporadically, problems with the Pixel’s 3 RAM management can cause apps to close unexpectedly in the background, or sometimes even shut down right in the middle of being used.

Thankfully, it seems Google has identified the source of the issue and in a statement emailed to 9to5Google, a Google representative said the company is “rolling out a software update in the coming weeks to keep background apps from being prematurely closed in certain situations.”

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Now to be clear, for those that have been keeping track of Pixel 3 issues, the problem with memory management is separate, but not totally unrelated to the bug that sometimes resulted in the phone’s camera app not saving pictures. That was fixed via a software update in late October. 

While there’s no specific timetable for when the upcoming patch will solve the Pixel 3's RAM woes, once that’s taken care of, the main things Pixel 3 owners can still look forward to is the arrival of Google’s low-light Night Sight camera mode and Duplex, the AI-powered phone call service that automatically books appointments or makes reservations for you.

[9to5Google]

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Everyone on the Android sites say, 4GB IS ENOUGH! 8GB RAM is OVERKILL! Yet, here I am on the Flagship from Google and my apps reload when switching between more than 2 most of the time. IMO they have to get this solved if OnePlus was able to.

On a side note, however, since it was mentioned, the call screening is incredible. If you aren’t using it you should be. None of the robocalls ever make it all the way through the message and I’m already getting less of them. I think since it sounds like a robot calling a robot they actually put you on a do not call list.