Nokia 5 RAM management bug still present on Oreo Beta *UPDATED*

One of the most annoying experiences I had been going through while using the Nokia 5 (probably a month now) as my primary device, is the RAM management bug that basically kills background apps. The OS doesn’t keep the apps in RAM properly, and every time I bring an app from the open apps view it refreshes. This bug was noticed after the Android 7.1.2 update, that was released a month and half ago, and the problem was reported on Nokia’s Community Forums.

Demo of the bug on Android 7.1.2 (same on Oreo beta)


HMD Global fixed this issue for users in India via an OTA update. Nokia phones sold in India are also made in India, while the rest of the world (excluding Indonesia and Vietnam), uses phone made in China. That means that differences between frimware exists and the update process is different. The update for users in India was released late last month, and I personally had hopes that the Oreo update or December monthly update, whichever comes first, would fix the issue.

After downloading Oreo Beta from Nokia’s Beta Labs for the Nokia 5, I was happy that the bug was fixed. But my happiness faded away after roughly 12 hours, when the RAM management problem kicked in again. The error has been submitted to the Support team, Community forums and the feedback app on Nokia 5 with Oreo Beta. Hopefully, the final version of Oreo or the planed December security update for Nougat running device will fix this bug, because it’s sometimes unbearable.

Update: The cause of the problem has been identified, and will be fixed with the next update (Thanks vanye for the tip :)).



  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    I feel you… I have the same headache with these stupid simpleton Android phones I have as well.

    The only phone that keeps apps open and doesn’t need to reload them and refresh them constantly is the ZTE zmax 2 that I have. All my other Android phones need to reload and refresh the app and it’s incredibly annoying.

    I also have a ZTE Max xl that is running 7.1.1 and it too does this. Matter of fact, it’s far worse than all the phones I have. The LG phones I have that have 1GB and 1.5 GB of RAM perform better than this phone.

    Hopefully Nokia can work out these bugs, or add an accelerator that can mask this issue.
    Also, might I add, Symbian never would experience this simpleton issue. It has true multi tasking. I remember I’d have 10-15 things open and it was lightning fast.
    And great battery life and on only 512 MB of RAM.

    It’s truly unfortunate what happened to Symbian. It really was ahead of it’s time

    • Helder Oliveira

      Symbian. Meego, Maemo, all had realy amazing multitasking will few memory. I don’t understand howcome a 2Gb Ram phone does this (i have a Nokia 5)

    • The thing is, it worked fine before Android 7.1.2 and for some (India) it has been fixed 🙂

      • vanye

        I asked Mr. Sarvikas on Twitter about this bug yesterday and today he tweeted this: “We found root cause and have fix. Will roll out in next beta labs release.”

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