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0 ram free on ICS

I'm new to the ICS os, coming from Gingerbread from another phone. The phone's quite nice and fast when I first used it, but just this morning it started exhibiting weird actions. Camera360 doesn't ...
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Why is my device not utilizing all of its available RAM?

I have a Nook Color with Cyanogenmod 7.2 (on mSD), and Nook Color is supposed to be 512MB of RAM (says so on product's page). When I open Menu (on bottom bar, while on desktop) > Manage Applications ...
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Can you upgrade the RAM of an Android device?

I'm sure many people like me are aware and annoyed by the extremely limited amount of RAM in Nexus S (512MB but only 300+ is usable), I have searched all over google for a solution to increase the ...
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Are there guidelines on how much free RAM a phone should have - specifically Samsung Galaxy S?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S (AT&T Captivate) that is rooted. I have various ways to tweak the amount of free RAM the OS leaves on the phone. The default is 48 MB, but I was wondering if I could ...
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How do RAM and processor speed affect overall performance on Android?

Since Android can be installed on wide range of devices, I'm wondering how important RAM and the CPU speed are to the performance of a device. There are always tradeoffs when something is increased ...
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Why is my Samsung Galaxy S not utilizing all of its RAM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my device not utilizing all of its available RAM? Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 comes with 512 MB RAM but it shows only 326 or less. Why?
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What does the 'Failed to move application. Not enough memory' error mean when choosing 'Move to SD card'?

When I choose 'Settings - Applications - Manage applications' , and a 'Move to SD card' I get the 'Failed to move application. Not enough memory' error. Anyone know why ? I am running Froyo 2.2 on a ...
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How will a swap partition/file affect the system?

Some friends told me that their Android phones have very little (<100MB) available memory for regular apps, because the OS and some un-killable services take most of the RAM. For example, one phone ...
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Keeping an app in memory

I once read about an init.d tweak to keep an app in memory. I'm unable to find that tweak now. Does anyone have the link? An alternate method would also be welcome. Edit : I'm using cyanogenmod 10.
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Why does “Google Services” take up increasing RAM and spawn new services over time?

I have a rooted OG Droid which I install custom ROMs to frequently. I've noticed in all builds of Froyo and Gingerbread that I've tried, over time of being on, certain services will take up more RAM ...
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Does Android hide some amount of RAM from the User?

I bought a new tablet, but Android (2.3.1) shows that it has only 150MB free of 256MB, and it should have 512MB. I checked the file /proc/meminfo, MemTotal information. It only shows 256MB. Is there ...
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The RAM total of the apps “Running” never equals the “Used Ram” shown below on the scale

I realised after a few days of observation, that the total of the RAM usage of indivisual apps shown in the running process is quite lower than that shown below it on the scale And as "Cached ...
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How to find android apps occupies RAM memory space?

I wish to know about which app is occupies more memory space in RAM when i use multiple apps Note: i just have RAM capacity of 256MB so that my battery downs soon.
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Bypass memory manager; keep app alive

At my work we all have Android devices which are used to dispatch jobs to us. It uses a web-app accessible through any web browser. When a new job arrives we are notified with an audible alert. ...
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Rooting Micromax A87 to make it faster

What is the best way to root my Micromax A87? My phone RAM shows only 160MB, but I only access about 120MB. I want my phone to run faster. Or is there any common method for rooting my phone. ...
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Galaxy S3 high RAM consumption even on idle

I have a Galaxy S3 International Version, without any modification whatsoever-- no rooting, no nothing. It is as good as a stock phone with a few Play Store apps. However, of late, I have begun ...
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Message Memory Full, Incoming message rejected

I get the message Message Memory full Incoming messe rejected I have deleted a lot of messages, and I have also run the memory cleaners I have on my phone. What should I do? Exactly which memory is ...
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Android ROM, RAM, Internal storage, External storage and Battery utilization [closed]

I would like to know how the Android OS manages memory for Applications. When are the various memory hardware components like ROM, RAM, Internal storage and External storage used during an ...
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Is it possible to use my SD card as ROM and my internal ROM as an additional RAM?

I've read somewhere that I can do some certain things to partition my SD Card specially to allot some part or all of it to trick the phone into thinking it's the "internal" ROM. For the life of me, I ...
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How to lower OOM value of an app permanently?

I am not challenging Android's memory management technique (like killers do). I just want to give an app higher priority even when it's not in foreground or visible (with notification). AutoKiller ...
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Is there a way to create virtual memory?

I'm curious if there's a way to create virtual memory for an Android phone. I have a 4gb mirco sd card in my phone. Any ideas?
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Is there a way to force an app to remain running in the background no matter what?

On Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) the OS categorizes your app and each category has its own threshold in which the OS uses for determining which app to close first when it runs out of memory. Has anyone of ...
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How can I edit values in memory?

Is it possible to edit values in memory used by an app? I would assume this requires root.
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Do all android phones have to reload their home screen?

I have had my EVO 4G for coming on 2 years. Lately it has developed this ever so annoying habit of reloading the home screen for 60 seconds any time I return from a memory intensive app such as the ...
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Are there specific cases in which a task-killer or “fast reboot” program is helpful?

I know there have been previous questions regarding task killers, but I wanted to ask about two specific cases. I've heard a debate raging here and on several forums about Android's way of managing ...
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How can I free up storage on my SGS II?

I got a notification on my SGS2 today that said the phone memory is nearly full. So my question is: How can I move apps to the internal USB storage? I don't have a micro SD card in my phone.
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How do I store pictures on SD card by default?

How do I move the photos I have in my gallery to my SD card? Someone told me to download an app that allows you to do this, but it didn't. Also, is it possible to save them to the SD card by default, ...
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What is the largest HTC Desire card size?

Anyone know what the largest size of card the HTC Desire will take? I saw this question, Maximum (micro) SD card speed class for HTC EVO? Which says a class4, so that's okay as the 32gb card is class ...
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How can I free up RAM automatically?

I'm very tired of seeing my RAM used up by unwanted apps which I don't launch regularly, but they continue to appear in the taskbar. Every time I closed them and free the memory. After I restart my ...