Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge bugs pile up

Memory bugs aren't the only issues plaguing Samsung's flagship smartphones. There are plenty of other fixes that need to make their way to the handset. However, until they are fixed, the handset is a bad bet for BYOD.

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Memory bugs aren't the only issues plaguing Samsung's flagship smartphones. There are plenty of other fixes that need to make their way to the handset.

Along with the memory bug, which causes background apps to be refreshed when they are switched back to because of the aggressive way the handset is managing RAM, there are other issues that affect connectivity and battery life.

The connectivity bugs are similar to the issues that plagued iOS 8 users, where Wi-Fi connectivity is slow and unstable. There are a number of reported workarounds, but just as with bugs that affected iOS, their success is limited and there are plenty of people for whom they don't work.

Then there are the battery issues. While some were predicting battery issues before the S6 and S6 Edge were launched - the battery is smaller than found in the S5, and on top of that it is not user-replaceable - things are worse than imagined. Some users have reported that the handset can't make it through a day without needing a recharge.

Again, there are spells and incantations that you can throw at your new handset, but again the success of these is hit and miss.

Bottom line, these issues - along with a raft of more minor bugs that affect the handsets - will need to wait for official fixes to be sent to the devices. These will come either in the form of official Android updates or patches coming direct from Samsung.

In the meantime, I recommend holding off on the S6 and S6 Edge, especially for BYOD. It's bleeding-edge tech and teething troubles are to be expected. It doesn't make sense to use a buggy device that could cost you or your business time and money.

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