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Android 5.0 Lollipop bug causes apps to frequently restart in the background

Like any new software version, Lollipop has arrived with its fair share of bugs. So far we've already encountered a number Android 5.0 Lollipop problems and issues, and we've just learned of one more. Users are reporting frequent app restarts the longer the phone is up and running, ultimately affecting performance. Find out all about it below. 

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Android 5.0 Lollipop's ART runtime has been developed with an eye to manage background processes efficiently - this is the reason that the "recent apps" window can support such an exhaustive list. Unfortunately, people are reporting that their Lollipop isn't managing memory effectively, and background apps (even those with persistent notifications) are being closed unnecessarily.

One reddit user describes the problem as "background applications suddenly close, the launcher keeps redrawing every time you return to it and in the running apps section in Settings it displays apps as 'restarting'."

We don't know how many devices are being affected by this, or when it will be addressed, but it is already a known to Google, so it will likely be fixed shortly. 

Have you experienced these Android 5.0 Lollipop app restart and performance issues? What other problems are you facing with the Lollipop update?

Via: Android Police Source: Reddit


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  • Ashley Jun 11, 2015 Link to comment

    Apps that I've manually closed from Application Manage automatically restart--specifically twitter, google, youtube, pandora, etc.

    Apps that I don't want closed will close automatically--specifically facebook, FB messenger, SMS messenger.

    Will a restart of my phone fix this? I don't think I've done a hard restart in a while. Are they going to shoot out a patch for this Lollypop bug? It's pretty bad...my battery is draining super fast and I can't keep up with the apps that restart after I've closed them!

  • Stevan Nov 28, 2014 Link to comment

    Yea, having the same issue as well. I open an app and it just closes, so i open it again and it closes again, and it goes like that for few times until it becomes "stable" and opens and stops closing itself.. really disturbing ! Especially in my case : playing Clash of Clans, and when you want to go farming, or attack someone in clan war, it closes itself and you are pretty much (you know what) . .

  • parth Nov 26, 2014 Link to comment

    heyyy guys
    any one face the problem of can't connect the camera after updating this 5.0
    tell me sm times only rear camera works and sm times only front....
    tell me ia dis happen coz of updating the phn orits my hardware problem of my nexus 5

    • i have also come across this problem. Unfortunately i found the only fix to be restarting the device.