Google has finally fixed Marshmallow memory leak, but we don’t know when it’ll arrive


Android Marshmallow toasted

Memory leaks aren’t fun. Although we’re not entirely sure what ever came of that nasty leak in Lollipop, another memory leak (or possibly the same one) reared its ugly head in Marshmallow. Someone actually filed a bug report for the leak in the AOSP Issue Tracker back in November of last year, but it’s only now that the Android team has finally been able to track it down and terminate it.

Apparently, it may have had something to do with the System UI running amok and despite a comment from March noting that the bug was squashed in build MMB29V, it returned in newer builds. It’s only today that a Google project manager is confirming the leak has officially been patched and will arrive in a future Android release.

Although he wouldn’t commit to a specific date, Android’s monthly software updates — which deal mostly with security patches, but bug fixes also squeeze in there as well — could mean we’ll see this in the July update, or possibly even August. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

[AOSP Issue Tracker]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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