OnePlus launched its latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3, on June 14. Some customers have reported of memory management issues with the handset and here is a quick fix for the problem.
The OnePlus 3 is one of the handful mobile phones to come with 6 GB of RAM. However, the phone has been criticized for memory management issues. Customers suggest that the OnePlus 3 is very aggressive with memory management and it kills apps prematurely.
A OnePlus 3 owner also posted a question for Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus, about the memory management issue with the latest device. Pei replied that the memory management of the OnePlus 3 benefits the battery life of the handset.
.@LucaDuci we have a different strategy for RAM management that benefits battery. We think this is the best user experience.
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) 17 June 2016
A potential fix for the issue is also floating around the XDA Developers forum.
"[W]e dabbled into the build.prop and found a line of code with a value you can change to easily improve your RAM management. There are many ways to edit the build.prop, including pulling it through ADB without root or using root apps specifically designed for build.prop editing. I personally used Root Explorer this time around, but all methods should work," says an XDA Developers report.
After locating /system/build.prop in the root folder) customers should find a line that says "ro.sys.fw.bg_apps_limit=20." Changing the value from 20 to either 36 or 42 should do the trick and fix the memory management issues.
After making the above tweak, OnePlus 3 owners should find that the handset can open and run more apps in the background without killing them prematurely.
It is worth noting that the above tweak should be performed only by users who know what they are doing and have worked on a smartphone's boot loader.
The latest fix should result in many happy customers, but the memory management issue has still left some disappointed customers.
"Having to do your own modifications to fix memory management on a phone that has 6 GB of RAM is kinda sad," said a user.
The OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2 have been welcomed well by smartphone enthusiasts as well as tech gurus. Packed with top-end features, the OnePlus 3 is also expected to attract customers looking for a high-end device.
It remains to be seen if the memory management issue with the OnePlus 3 impacts the sales of the latest flagship smartphone in the near term.