Galaxy S7 Units Are Not Aggressively Killing Background Apps

February 24, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Sunday was a big day for tech aficionados considering both Samsung and LG introduced their flagship handsets. Samsung has actually unveiled two phones, same as last year, and they’re actually quite similar to the company’s last year offerings as well. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were under the spotlight on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. We already have tons of info on our site regarding these two devices, but new stuff just keeps on coming.

Now, some of you might remember that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were quite aggressive when it comes to RAM management. The two devices were killing apps in the background like crazy, which interfered with multitasking to a certain degree, and many users actually complained about this. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s memory leak was blamed for this, but unrightly so, Samsung’s TouchWiz software was simply too aggressive when it comes to killing apps. So, is that the case with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge as well? In short, no. It seems like Samsung learned something from the company’s past mistakes, and TouchWiz is far more lenient when it comes to multitasking, as it should be considering we’re looking at 4GB of RAM on these two devices, not to mention the powerful SoC that powers them (Snapdragon 820 in this case, though the Exynos 8890 variant is also on the way).

Now, in order to prove that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are better at managing background tasks than their predecessors, a well-known tech YouTuber, Erica Griffin, decided to test that theory out. She basically ran a number of apps on the Galaxy S7 Edge and didn’t have any issues multitasking between them, the phone kept everything in memory, and didn’t kill anything in the background, well, until Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft came to the table. After Erica fired up the aforementioned game, Chrome actually reloaded after she navigated back to that browser. This suggests that the two phones can keep 7-8 apps in the background, maybe even ten, we presume that depends on which apps are currently running, though it is possible Samsung put a limit based on the number of apps that are running in the background. Either way, these two phones seem to be far more lenient at multitasking than their predecessors, and that’s good to hear.