The Pixel 3 is a divisive phone, in its current state it suffers from a number of issues ranging from photos not saving, to video audio and memory management issues. Google has now promised a fix for the memory management issue.

The memory management issue sees the Pixel 3 being very aggressive with applications, with the problem most prevalent with music or podcast apps being force closed if you flick to another app like the camera to quickly take a picture. This aggressive memory management is quite annoying to users, but the fix is incoming.

In a statement to 9to5Google, a Google Spokesperson said:

We’re rolling out a software update in the coming weeks to keep background apps from being prematurely closed in certain situations.

With that time-frame, the update could be included in the December monthly security patch – or it could give us an idea of when the first Maintenance Release (MR1) is due for the Pixel.

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Allan Thomas

These issues have also infected my weeks old Pixel 2 XL. Maddening!


It seems sensible to pause music if you’re shooting a photo or video. That said, I’ve tried to kill Google Play Music by launching lots of different apps (including the camera) on my Pixel 3 and the music just keeps playing in the background. My phone seems to be immune to this issue.

Warren Ashby

Is this why an email was sent today saying that my delivery date had been pushed back a month? How annoying!