Category Archives: Memory

Do we need to call the Garbage Collector manually ( System.gc() ) in Android?

By | September 5, 2017

This is a common question. Eventhough the Android System calls garabage collector at appropriate times, this usually will not be adequate. Because the system calls GC at intervals, most of the time it wont work perfect and causing unnecessary pauses in the application. If these pauses are more than 16ms, then the user will notice some lag in… Read More »

What are weak references? How it can be used to avoid memory leaks?

By | June 1, 2017

Weak reference objects, which do not prevent their referents from being made finalizable, finalized, and then reclaimed. Weak references are most often used to implement canonicalizing mappings. Suppose that the garbage collector determines at a certain point in time that an object is weakly reachable. At that time it will atomically clear all weak references to that object… Read More »

What is a Memory Heap Size in android? and how can use Bitmap Efficiently?

By | August 25, 2013

Memory Heap Size Android is a full multitasking system so it’s possible to run multiple programs at the same time and obviously each one can’t use all of your device memory. For this reason there is a hard limit on your Android application’s heap size: if your application needs to allocate more memory and you have gone up… Read More »

How to find your Google Plus ID

By | September 27, 2012

This is so simple 1. Go to your Google + account (https://plus.google.com/). 2. Click on the Profile icon on the Left. 3. If you look at the URL in the address bar, it should look something like this: https://plus.google.com/104653270154306099169/posts 4. The long numerical string in the URL is your Google+ ID. Here is CoderzHeaven’s from the URL above:… Read More »

How to explicitly free memory in android OR Release unwanted memory in Android?

By | April 24, 2012

If you are writing memory consuming applications there is a bigger chance that your application may be running out of memory after sometime. So there are some methods in android that invokes the garbage collector explicitly. See the following function which invokes the garbage collector to free a lot of memory. [java] public void freeMemory(){ System.runFinalization(); Runtime.getRuntime().gc(); System.gc();… Read More »