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It feels like Android 11 has only been released for five minutes, but news about the next major version is about to get faster and faster. If we can proceed according to last year’s timetable, then we can get the first Android 12 developer preview as early as next month. So far, we have heard some small news- Android Runtime is set to become the Project Mainline module with It will be easier to use alternative app stores -But the latest news sounds particularly interesting.
If you are like me, there will be a lot of unused applications on your phone that you will use one day…maybe. We have been talking about it for a few months, but maybe we have to fire them any day. Before we actually use them, they just take up space on our phones.according to A pair of Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit entries that XDA developers Prompt, Android 12 may introduce a feature to make those applications that are in the dormant state enter the dormant state.
The AOSP code changes indicate that Google is developing a new system service that will put idle applications into a deep sleep state, which can also optimize storage.
It is not clear what determines the application can go to sleep. When an application is not used for a certain period of time, it may happen automatically, or it may be manually set, so you can choose to hibernate an application until you need it again. Maybe both of these situations are possible. The Android 12 Developer Preview may be too early to be included in any form of functionality, but this is an interesting prospect, and we may hear more in the coming months.
According to the latest relevant AOSP code changes, Mishaal Rahman, Android’s upcoming application sleep function will work differently depending on whether it is enabled for a single user or for all users. If there is only one user on a multi-user device, the application cache for that particular user will be cleared.
The backlog referenced in the code tells us that the next step will be to support package-level hibernation that will affect all users, although it is not clear what will be the difference between them. It is possible to erase all application data and/or effectively delete the application itself from the device so that it can be reinstalled when the user turns off hibernation. All of these still seem a mystery on the front end, so please wait for more details when we get them.
Therefore, the first detailed information of Android’s application sleep function is here. If the application is hibernated for a single user, the system will clear the cache. Google will add more features to package-level hibernation (the app has hibernated for all users).
-Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) January 15, 2021
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