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Video reveals improved multitasking on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Last year, when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, one of the primary complaints that came from the users was with regards to the RAM management. The infamous Android 5.0 memory leak was blamed for this, but it really was just the software aggressively killing apps in the background in what might have been a “feature” and not an actual issue.

Now with the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge launching earlier this week, similar questions were asked by fans. Responding accordingly to those queries is YouTuber Erica, who has posted a video detailing the multitasking aspect of the smartphones. As you can see from the video below, the device can comfortably handle eight apps at a time without any of the aggressive app management settings.

But when a game is run (Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft in this case), the device seems to go into overdrive to ensure that it doesn’t burden the RAM too much. The Chrome Browser that was running in the background refreshed upon launching the game, suggesting that only 7-8 apps can be running in the background on the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 edge.

While many would call this an improvement over last year’s Galaxy flagships, something like this is not acceptable of a flagship offering in 2016. However, we’re still wary of this particular test as the device probably runs a test firmware and maybe Samsung will issue a patch over the coming days. But from what we see here, the Galaxy S7 is only a marginal improvement over its predecessor, despite packing 4GB of RAM, compared to 3GB on the Galaxy S6.

What do you make of these findings?

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Outlaw79
Outlaw79

I can’t say much because the 6.0.1, isn’t arrive at Portugal! !!!!!!

johanbiff84
johanbiff84

after the 6.0.1 update it keeps 10-12 apps open on the S6 with 3GB RAM, it`s built in to touchwiz for better battery(which is proven since all Samsung phones outlast every other phones with the same mAh)

garret14
garret14

It’s not great but I can live with it. My S6 does about 7 apps only heavy games will close apps. With build.prop tweaks it can handle about 10 apps .

Krokogator
Krokogator

Edge+ with little tweaks only in build.prop can handle around 15-20 apps (tested) or 3-5 heavy 3d games. So it’s Samsung limiting multitasking capabilities…

Gerjannn
Gerjannn

That is still garbage. When I see an iPhone multitasking I get so jealous. That works awesome. I know Android works different and more RAM is needed, but with double the RAM, it should carry at least 10-15 apps, even after a long time of no use of the app.

garret14
garret14

Maybe 6s I don’t know but iphone 6 is also not great at multitasking.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Correction: My Note5 also seems to be fixed but I did not try it with a game but 9 apps open and non of them had to restart. I’m guessing it’s time based and they will close over a period of time.

Toss3
Toss3

“But when a game is run (Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft in this case), the device seems to go into overdrive to ensure that it doesn’t burden the RAM too much. The Chrome Browser that was running in the background refreshed upon launching the game, suggesting that only 7-8 apps can be running in the background on the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 edge.” They opened the game from the game-launcher, which could mean that game-launcher is optimized to give games as much free memory and processing power as they need in order to provide the user with the best… Read more »

amdman18
amdman18

This could very well be the case. Also I can say from experience that this device is running demo software which is quite aggressive with clearing apps. It wants the experience to be as smooth as possible for the next person who comes to look at the device. This is a trait that may not be present in the final software.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

It must be an exclusive fix to the S7 because my Note5 still closes in the background even after the 6.0.1 update.

guy.hindle
guy.hindle

So, when she says “it’s not the greatest” … what IS the greatest? Seems pretty good to me, but maybe I don’t really fully understand the problem?

ionrazvan
ionrazvan

Should have been “on” at leat 16 apps including games based on current configuration…..my opinion