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Much like the desktop counterpart, Windows Mobile tends to experience memory issues such as a decrease in the amount of accessible RAM which may make some programs run very slowly or not at all. The warning sign is when you get a popup error message that you are very low on memory. This usually happens after running Pocket Internet Explorer as the cache tends to fill up RAM. You could go into IE and delete the cache manually and free up some RAM. But there’s normally still much more that are tied up or in limboland (as I’d like to call it) not doing anything but taken up. One way to release the memory is to do a soft reset (ie. reboot) but as most of us know with reboots and resets (especially on WM) tend to take quite a number of seconds and unless it’s absolutely necessary, we’d like to avoid doing it. The other option is to use a program that can release it, well at least some of it.
Such a memory releasing app that will do just that is called Oxios Memory. The program simply sends a “Close” message to all running apps to close them and release the memory. Think of Oxios Memory almost like opening up Windows Task Manager and closing all the currently running programs to release memory.
Oxios Memory is mostly used as a quick way to release some RAM so that you can continue working or doing or running a program without taking time off to do the soft reset. Especially if you are working professional, you can’t afford to take your phone offline for half a minute to do a soft reset/reboot. Rather than do a soft reset, try Oxios Memory and see if it helps. Simply run or launch Oxios Close and in mere seconds, the program will do its thing and release an extra few megabytes of RAM. For extreme memory release, run Oxios Hibernate to release even more memory. Most importantly, it doesn’t causes any instability in the operating system or undesired effects. There’s nothing worse than running a program to free up some memory only to cause instability and be forced to a soft reset anyway. Oxios Memory does exactly what it says it does, is small in size and works very well. Not bad!
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Oxios Memory is actually a package of two individual components: Oxios CloseApps and Oxios Hibernate with each able to be run independently on the device.
Install the .CAB file on your Windows Mobile device. Press the Windows hardware button to bring up the Windows menu. Select Programs. Then scroll down to Oxios Close Apps and launch or run it by selecting it with the select button or tapping on the icon. The program will run and within a second or two, a pop up dialogue shows how much memory has been released. Unfortunately, according to the developer, there is no way to disable the pop up dialogue.
Release memory on your Windows Mobile (Freeware)
Oxios Hibernate attempts to release as much memory as possible without damaging the internal state of the Windows Mobile device (Pocket PC or Smartphone).
Oxios CloseApps closes down other applications by sending “Close” messages.
Oxios Hibernate 1.40
WM_HIBERNATE is a window message that is generated by the Windows operating system and sent to an application when system resources are running low. All applications should get the message and handle it by attempting to release as many resources as possible by unloading processes, destroying windows, or freeing up as much local storage as possible without damaging the internal state of the system.
Oxios Hibernate sends WM_HIBERNATE to all applications.
Oxios CloseApps 1.40
Each process started on a Windows Mobile-based Smartphone allocates memory, which cannot be released but is automatically freed when the application process ends.
Oxios CloseApps closes down all applications by sending WM_CLOSE messages.
Info: There is no way to suppress the dialog box!
Recommendation: Add a Speed Dial on it!
It enables you to activate it using a single key-press or voice tag.
Video of Oxios Memory
Easy to use
The program is very easy to use. Install it and run it when you find your Windows Mobile device is a bit slow. It will go through and release some memory. It’s that simple.
The program does as advertised. It does release some memory and in many cases, may improve the responsiveness of your device. The memory released may vary from a few hundred k’s to several megabytes of memory depending on what was previous running in the background.
Limited memory release
The program, although it works, may be limited in the amount of memory released. If you were running a few resource intensive apps and then hoping to use Oxios Memory to clear it and run another resource intensive app, you may find that it may not be able to release enough memory for optimal operation. In those cases, a quick restart/reboot may be what’s needed.
No configuration, settings or options
For those who want a more customizable program may find it disappointing. There is no options, or settings or configuration menu available for either Oxios Hibernate or Oxios CloseApps. You run the program and that’s it. If you wish more powerful features, you may need to look for other third party programs that may not be free.
Can’t disable memory release confirmation pop up
At the dismay of many people, after the program has finished and released some memory, there is a pop up that shows how much memory Oxios Memory has released. Unfortunately, as mentioned by the developer, there is no way to disable this pop up notification. For me, it’s not a big deal but some people may find it annoying.
Oxios Memory is a relatively small app that works as advertised to release some much needed memory without a lot of work or taking up a lot of time. You run it and it releases the memory within a second. It’s fast and best of all, it’s FREE. The next time you find your device a little sluggish, try Oxios Memory and see if it can help. For the cost and minimal work in installation, you may find that this is one app well worth your time.