Loading Bitmaps Properly in Android

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http://stackoverflow.com – I'm creating an android app and have run into OOM problems due to Bitmap images. I certainly need to make the images smaller in terms of memory however I would like to practice correct memory consumption and load them correctly. Currently my layouts contain the references to the images within the res/drawable-hdpi folder as their backgrounds. I looked at this other stack overflow question: outOfMemoryError with background drawables where the person asking the question had the same problem as I did. I see that the answer states that I should reference the Bitmaps in java and then recycle on (HowTos)