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Android 8.1 would reduce the size of inactive apps to save space

It seems that Google has corrected one of the biggest storage problems of Android with a new feature in Android 8.1 Oreo.

Published: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:55
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A piece of code from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) framework indicates that a new storage space backup feature has been implemented in the Google Android mobile operating system. According to the developers of the XDA community, the new feature would disable apps that have not been used in a while.

Like iOS, which temporarily uninstalls apps if the system runs out of storage, Android disables apps to save storage space. Android 8.1 would reduce the size of apps by uninstalling unused ones.

The Android 8.1 Developer Preview, compatible with Google Pixel and Nexus smartphones, was released to developers last month by Google. What is certain is that thanks to this version, it was discovered that the system would typify apps as inactive if not used after a certain time and therefore reduce their size, ie, uninstall them.

The source code describes the new app inactivation feature, and indicates that the feature trigger when the system is running out of disk space. The active apps would be, depending on the code, the ones that were recently active in the background or displayed on the screen, or even an app that would have been used by another. Inactive apps for a certain number of days will be uninstalled.

Announced recently, the Developer Preview of Android 8.1 brings a lot of changes. So :

  • For example, apps will only be allowed to perform one notification per second, Google assures that this does not change the behavior of notifications, and notifiable messages will always be triggered as usual.
  • The Settings (or Settings) menu is updated and receives a colored navigation bar.
  • System notifications will have their own icon.
  • In the quick settings bar, the Bluetooth setting will show the battery level of the connected Bluetooth devices.
  • A new search bar has been added to the Settings (or Settings) for all devices.

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