At the same time as producers are presently updating their units to Android 11, which was launched final September, Google is already arduous at work making ready for Android 12 for its launch later this yr and new options are slowly starting to seem on-line.
In keeping with reports, code modifications to the Android Open Supply Mission (AOSP) Gerrit (which lists out all the brand new modifications being made to the Android mission in real-time) factors to a possible new service that manages app hibernation state – a state that apps can enter when they don’t seem to be being actively used after which be optimized for storage.
In keeping with XDA Builders, who noticed the changes on the AOSP Gerrit, there are not any additional particulars in regards to the change – whether or not it may be configured by a person or is set robotically, whether or not customers can manually choose apps for hibernation, or whether or not there will likely be a sign of whether or not an app has really been ‘hibernated’.
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It’s notable that Samsung already has a characteristic referred to as Sleeping Apps and Deep Seeping Apps – the latter fully disables functions, however retains their shortcuts within the app launcher. Trying on the ‘App Information’ for a Deep Sleeping app exhibits a ‘manually disabled’ label beneath the app title. Nonetheless, Google’s resolution will in all probability enable for a deeper OS-level hibernation of an app and can in all probability be simpler.
If we go by final yr’s schedule, an Android 12 Developer Preview ought to be out there for Pixel customers someday round February. Nonetheless, contemplating what number of of Google’s workers have been working from dwelling or remotely throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we are able to’t say for certain. There’s additionally no assure that the code modifications which were submitted will really make it to the ultimate launch – Google could merely resolve to carry the characteristic again till Android 13 rolls round.