A thought on Android: Why did the user ever have to manage memory?

January 16, 2012

Why was the responsibility of backing up data ever left to the user? Come to that, why was

it left to the application? The OS assigns and releases memory to the application anyway.

It might as well take snapshots of the apps state as it goes along. Each app then restarts

in its previoius state..indeed, the user hardly has to worry about whether an app is running.

That distinction was only ever a reflection of a hardware distinction, between “core” memrory

and mass storage, and the whole point of an OS is to abstract away such details.


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