1. danielbroadwell5's Avatar
    So I'm using this app to tell me my system specs and I have a Verizon s7 edge and it's only registering 3.5 gb.... when advertised 4gb??? Anyone else notice this?

    10-29-2016 09:31 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    There is always a little set in reserve for the system. Even in PCs, the user doesn't get all the RAM in the modules.
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    10-29-2016 09:35 AM
  3. danielbroadwell5's Avatar
    Well ik with Windows it will say example 4gb of ram and only 3.5 usable... buts that's only If your running a 32 bit operating system.
    10-29-2016 09:42 AM
  4. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    Isn't the "missing" .5 reserved for video?
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    10-29-2016 09:48 AM
  5. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Well ik with Windows it will say example 4gb of ram and only 3.5 usable... buts that's only If your running a 32 bit operating system.
    .5 GB is reserved on 64 bit Ubuntu as well.
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    10-29-2016 10:00 AM
  6. danielbroadwell5's Avatar
    .5 GB is reserved on 64 bit Ubuntu as well.
    Oh okay, well I never did use Ubuntu or any verison of Linux. You would think it's would say physical ram installed 4gb and then system ram 3.5. Idk I just find that strange.
    10-29-2016 10:12 AM
  7. Rukbat's Avatar
    You would think it's would say physical ram installed 4gb and then system ram 3.5. Idk I just find that strange.
    No other computer does, so why should Android? (Granted, the specs on a phone are listed completely differently than the specs on a desktop, but they mean the same thing. 3.5GB of physical RAM is installed for the system, .5GB of RAM is installed for the video, so a total of 4GB is installed - but "RAM" in a phone doesn't count what's installed for video.)
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    10-29-2016 12:41 PM
  8. danielbroadwell5's Avatar
    Nothing like a computer then. Really disappointing. I even worked for Samsung and they never told me this. Frustrating. Then do iPhones only have 1.5gb now? I doubt it they label 2gb in there 6s and 7 and 7 plus.
    10-29-2016 12:52 PM
  9. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    Nothing like a computer then. Really disappointing. I even worked for Samsung and they never told me this. Frustrating. Then do iPhones only have 1.5gb now? I doubt it they label 2gb in there 6s and 7 and 7 plus.
    Yes. I have a 6S+ with an app called BMSSM installed that gives battery, memory and other stats. This iPhone has 2GB RAM but it lists the user RAM as only 1.55 and physical as being 1.94. The .5 is for video.
    10-29-2016 12:55 PM
  10. danielbroadwell5's Avatar
    Yes. I have a 6S+ with an app called BMSSM installed that gives battery, memory and other stats. This iPhone has 2GB RAM but it lists the user RAM as only 1.55 and physical as being 1.94. The .5 is for video.
    Wow why am I just now figuring this out?! Lol
    10-29-2016 12:57 PM
  11. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Oh okay, well I never did use Ubuntu or any verison of Linux. You would think it's would say physical ram installed 4gb and then system ram 3.5. Idk I just find that strange.
    I fired up my Windows 10 PC, and without opening any programs, almost half a GB was taken up just to start the PC. For the record, I have almost everything disabled from auto starting on boot.
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    10-29-2016 02:11 PM
  12. mavrrick's Avatar
    This isn't unique to the phone. Any computer that uses integrated video will do the same thing. On a computer though you can go into the BIOS and tell it how much to dedicate to the video solution. I don't think this applies to the Exynos variant though. It has always been the case with the Qualcomm video solutions.
    Dawhoda likes this.
    10-29-2016 09:35 PM
  13. Dawhoda's Avatar
    On my s7 Samsung I will go to play a game but look at how much memory I have out of 4 gigs and today it was 356megabytes!!!! How can I keep it with at least 2 gigs at all times what is using it all up?
    05-11-2018 03:51 PM
  14. Mooncatt's Avatar
    On my s7 Samsung I will go to play a game but look at how much memory I have out of 4 gigs and today it was 356megabytes!!!! How can I keep it with at least 2 gigs at all times what is using it all up?
    Android is designed to maximize RAM usage and runs best this way. Without getting into all the nitty gritty, it's best to not worry unless you're having a specific symptom you think is related to it. There are memory managers out there that claim to free up RAM, but they end up fighting against the OS. At best, you'll see no difference. At worst, you'll have more lag and worse battery life using them.
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    05-11-2018 04:20 PM
  15. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Here is an excellent thread that further clarifies. https://forums.androidcentral.com/ge...aver-apps.html
    05-11-2018 04:56 PM

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