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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by BGR, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. BGR

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    I have a Zenfone 3 Laser running Android Nougat.

    If I open the Magic Jack app and not use any other phone function, the app will remain open and I can receive calls and messages. However, if I use any other function such as Google or any other app, the Magic Jack app closes, which makes it virtually worthless. I have disabled battery optimization which did not solve the problem.

    Neither Zenfone nor Magic Jack tech support had an answer.

  2. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Zenphone 3 Laser has 32GB with 2GB RAM. You don't have enough RAM to keep those apps open at the same time,
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  3. BGR

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Can the RAM be increased?
  4. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Yes you'd need to upgrade to a better device
  5. BGR

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    How much RAM would be adequate?
  6. BGR

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  7. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    That depends on the app (which I've never used), the operating system (ROM rather than just android version) and how the memory management is configured, and what else you are doing. My tablet (3GB ram) multitasks worse than my old phone (2GB) did.

    I don't know this app, but if it does what I think I'm surprised if it isn't written with a small, high priority service running in the background to respond to incoming calls rather than requiring the full app to be constantly loaded and active (very inefficient). Have you checked that it's not just a user interface that's being reloaded as opposed to it missing calls or messages (apologies if I've misunderstood it, I just glanced at the app listing to see what it is).
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  8. BGR

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    It often does miss incoming calls. There seems to be no pattern. In any event, I deleted the contents of Gallery and downloaded files. It seems to be working better, but time will tell.
  9. Hadron

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    Clearing space in the internal storage (removing downloaded files and images) should have no affect at all on an app's persistence in RAM - the flash storage and the RAM are two completely different and independent things.

    Does it have an option to keep a notification icon visible? It's a very old trick that some apps used, and a few still do, to try to keep them alive. If you've turned off a setting like that maybe try turning it back on.
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  10. BGR

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    It does not have that option.
  11. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Sounds like bad practice on the part of the Magic Jack devs, and is something they need to fix. I use WhatsApp VOIP myself, and I find that always receives calls and messages no problem, even when the app itself isn't fully loaded into memory. I did look at using Magic Jack myself a while back, but it requires United States billing details.
  12. BGR

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    I also use WhatsApp and have not had a problem. I use Magic Jack while traveling outside the U.S.for calls to and from those who do not have WhatsApp. I have noted that many IOS users do not have WhatsApp, but, instead use the Apple equivalent. I think they may look down upon us poor Android users..
  13. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    iMessage and Facetime are only useful if you live in a bubble of iOS users (OK, iMessage can send SMS to other platforms,whereas Facetime can do nothing). So if it makes you feel better, anyone who uses only those apps can be looked down on as having a small and narrow circle of friends ;)
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  14. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    When I used that magicjack app (probably 6 years ago) it was very buggy and had wakelock issues.

    Reading the current reviews, the app still sucks and has the same issues.

    The last update was in June.

    I would avoid this app and use Whatsapp, which is more reliable and consistent w/updates and is well known around the world.
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Zenfone 3 Laser Forum

The Zenfone 3 Laser release date was August 2016. Features and Specs include a 5.5" inch screen, 13MP camera, 2/4GB RAM, Snapdragon 430 processor, and 3000mAh battery.

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