Yes, as soon as an application goes into the background it is closed. So if you click on a link in an email it opens in the browser. If you then press the back button you have to wait for the email app to restart. This is not standard Android behaviour and it is not good.
Nokia's manifesto is to provide stock Android and what we have is a modified version. I sure hope the Nokia 8 does not do this!
Can I ask that this misstep is corrected and that the standard Android behaviour is restored? Please Nokia.
I'm going to bump this as the Mods have not picked this up and got an answer for us.
This really is a debilitating fault that needs an urgent fix.
I am also having the same issue with the Nokia 5 (TA-1024) Android 7.1.2. The phone is kills all background tasks apart from the app which is currently on screen.
This causes major issues for me:
WhatsApp backup: the backup stalls if you move away from the WhatsApp app, instead of continuing in the background as it should.
Photos app backup (google photos): The backup of photos does not happen until you bring the app up on screen.
Barclays Banking (Contactless Payments) - requires the app to run constantly in the background in order to initiate payment via NFC. There should be a persistent notification the shows the phone is ready to take payments. However, the notification (and the ability to make payments) is lost as soon as another app is started.
Viewing a site in chrome, then going to the homescreen, then going back to chrome forces the site to reload, rather than it being kept in memory.
1GB RAM Android phones can keep apps in memory, so why can't the Nokia 5?
I am having the same issue. Apps are being closed in the background as soon as they are off screen. They are available in multi-tasking, but moving between apps always forces them to reload.
Restarting the phone fixes the issue for a short period, but it soon returns. (TA1024 Android 7.1.2)
Thanks a lot for your feedback.
This in an interesting point that us mods had to look into a little more closely to verify how it works in practice. We found that when you press the back key, the app closes in the background. However, if you press the home button, the app stays open in the background and does not "refresh" when you return to it.
Do let us know if this helps!
Have a wonderful day,
thanks for the reply, but alas it isn't a simple "you're holding it wrong" situation. This issue was introduced in the 7.1.2 update (as the feedback dates regarding that problem indicates in this forum too).
After booting the device the first hours are fine, but it deteriorates from that point on. After two days apps are just not kept in memory anymore, no matter how you switch between them. I see 500 MB free memory idling without being used. After four days system services begin to restart constantly in the background and the phone starts to exhibit erratic behaviour.
Hi Anna, thanks for looking into this. I'm afraid my experience has been the same as already described by the other responders.
I think Nokia is going to have to go back to the drawing board with 7.1.2. Clearly no one in development lived with this build for any length of time before it was released.
Hello Anna, thanks for investigating the issue. Unfortunately using the Home button instead of the Back button will not fix the problem. Lets say I perform the steps below:
1. Open App1
2. Go to home screen via Home button
3. Open App2
4. Go to home screen via Home button
5. Open App1
When I open App1, the app loads as if it was not loaded in the memory (or as if I load apps after I rebooted the phone). This is an annoying issue which makes multitasking difficult, do you know if this issue is already acknowledged by Nokia and already in investigation?