Google has finally announced that it’ll be issuing a fix for a memory management bug that exists on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. This fix will address a repeated crash that can cause applications to grind to a halt on the two handsets, which were released at the beginning of the month. 

More about the software bug

The problem being experienced by new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners originates from within how the device handles RAM (memory) management.  As a result of the defect, applications that are running on the phone can randomly crash whilst being used, especially when more than one app is running at the same time.  

For example, numerous users on social media platforms highlighted how using the camera application and streaming music at the same time was causing their streaming application to forcibly close. 

As a brand new device, developed by one of the biggest software providers in the world, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have 4 GB of RAM memory, meaning that they should have no problems handling multiple complex software interactions simultaneously. Based on this and the reports by numerous users, it certainly appears to be a problem based at the software level as opposed to an issue with the phone’s hardware. 

According to Google, a fix to the software defect will be landing on devices in the coming weeks, which will “keep background apps from being prematurely closed in certain situations”, according to tech website 9to5Google. However, it hasn’t been included in Google’s regular, November security patch, released a little over a week ago. Instead, it could be that the fix makes it into the December security update. 

What’s new about the Pixel 3?

One of the newest features to hit the Pixel 3 as an improvement over its predecessor is the ability to let the Google AI answer calls on your behalf, so that you don’t have to. Though it’s been released first in the U.S., the built-in artificial intelligence helps you to block out spam and nuisance calls automatically. 

Perhaps you’re eating out with friends or family, or maybe you’re just relaxing at home after work, then a call comes in from an unrecognised number. All you’ll need to do is hit the “Screen Call” option, which will give you a detailed breakdown of who’s calling you, so that you can decide whether you want to pick up the phone.

The Google AI will take care of the call for you, interacting with the caller directly, and gives you a full on-screen transcript of their conversation with the automated service. From here, you can choose whether to answer the call yourself and take over, or send a quick response message; alternatively, you can mark the call as spam and dismiss it altogether. This gives you greater privacy, whilst saving both time and battery power.