Google has a fix Android 5.1’s memory leak, but you’ll have to wait for it

Lollipop's memory leak just won't go away. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Lollipop’s memory leak just won’t go away. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The nasty memory leak that has plagued Lollipop since the platform’s debut last fall is still lingering in the latest Android 5.1 release, according to some reports, but Google says it already has a fix for it.

The only problem is, it doesn’t yet know when it will be available to the public.

While Lollipop has been mostly well-received by Android fans, there has been one pretty major problem that has been driving some users crazy: a severe memory leak that leads to instability, app crashes, and other frustrating issues.

Google was expected to fix it with Android 5.1, which began rolling out to Nexus devices last week, given that the company said it was fixed way back in December. But according to many reports, it’s still present.

Either that or Android 5.1 has another memory leak of its own. Whatever the case may be, Google has a fix for it, but the search giant says it does yet know when it will be available.

“This has been fixed internally,” reads a message posted on the Android Issue Tracker. “We do not currently have a timeline for public release.”

Knowing a fix is ready to go, but not knowing when it will arrive, will likely only make the issue even more annoying for those most affected by it. Hopefully, Google will bake it into a minor release and roll it out soon, but for now, who knows how long it will take.