New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on May 13, 2021) follows:
Users who have used, or installed any modern Linux operating system are privy to the Swap Memory feature. For the uninitiated, here’s an over-simplification of this feature.
Memory swapping is a technology that enables an operating system to provide more memory to a running application or process than is available in physical random access memory (RAM).
Effectively, this technology allows a computer to have more RAM than it actually does by using some of the unused internal storage (ROM) as RAM.
This tech is particularly useful for systems where upgrading internals is not really an option or is too costly.
Mobile tech advances pretty rapidly and in the past few years, we have seen smartphones borrowing some of the tech employed in traditional computers as these gadgets get ever more capable.
Not too long ago, we saw OnePlus introducing the Turbo Boost feature. This tech allows supported OnePlus devices to have a little more virtual RAM, and we all know the benefits of more RAM on a system.
We’ve seen similar technology from other Chinese OEMs like Vivo and Xiaomi and today, it is coming to light that Oppo also wants in on this.
Oppo has, on its social media handles, been teasing a similar RAM expansion technology with the potential of the following benefits.
– Decreased lag
– Quicker app start
– Smooth running multiple apps
Tired of low storage and annoying lags? Activate #OPPO #ColorOS RAM Expansion! By converting unused device memory into extra RAM, give back your phone speedy launches & App switching smoothness.
Little else has been shared in line with this RAM expansion feature but Oppo says that this will not be available for all devices. The launch time for this feature may vary per country and phone model.
As this is really not much to go on, we shall continue to keep an eye on this and update as and when we get more details on availability, supported devices and how this feature works so stay tuned.
Update 1 (May 21)
IST 10:48 am: Oppo is rolling out this RAM expansion feature to a number of its devices including the Oppo F19 with plans to include others like the Oppo F19 Pro series, Oppo A74 5G and Oppo A53s 5G.
Use several applications simultaneously, launch applications quicker & decrease lag with our latest RAM Expansion. This exciting feature is now available on the OPPO F19 & will soon be available on OPPO F19 Pro series, OPPO A74 5G & OPPO A53s 5G.
Update 2 (July 22)
IST 06:17 pm: Xiaomi is now rolling out the virtual RAM expansion feature for a bunch of devices including Xiaomi Mi 11/Pro/Ultra, Mi 10/Pro/Ultra, POCO F3, and Mi 11i, thus joining Oppo.
The feature release is currently limited to the MIUI 12.5 Chinese beta channel but should hopefully be making it to global MIUI soon as well.
Update 3 (August 4)
IST 10:17 am: In the 28th episode of #AskMadhav, the Realme boss comes ut to note that the company plans to bring RAM expansion features to the Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro while other devices will be evaluated for eligiblity.
Update 4 (August 16)
IST 02:22 pm: The Oppo A52 has now received the RAM extension feature with update CPH2061_11_C.32. The update also carries the latest August security patch.
Update 5 (August 25)
IST 11:11 am: Realme 8 5G has reportedly gotten support for the Dynamic RAM Expansion feature following a new update, RMX3085_11.A.19. This allows users to get up to 2GB of virtual RAM on their units by using the device’s internal storage.
Update 6 (September 11)
IST 02:57 pm: Surprising, Samsung has also joined the Virtual RAM club as it has reportedly rolled out a new update for the Galaxy A52s which brings with it the option for users to “increase” the RAM by having the system use the device’s onboard storage as RAM in certain scenarios.
Update 7 (October 06)
IST 09:50 am: Samsung’s RAM Plus feature makes its way to more Galaxy devices. As such, the Galaxy S21 series running Android 12 based One UI 4.0 Beta has started receiving this feature via software update.
The RAM Plus for the Galaxy S21 phones adds 4GB of additional virtual memory using device’s storage as RAM.
NOTE: We have these and many more Oppo stories in our dedicated Oppo section.
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