Directly from the Android Open Source Project, we have an indication of something new for Android that users will love. The idea is to free up space in the smartphone’s memory of those applications that you no longer use frequently.
The feature is being called “hibernation” and is still in an early stage of development. According to what is now indicated, data compression will go beyond the usual elimination of data from cache hibernated application.
A hibernated app “for all” will no longer take up so much space on your smartphone
When a user decides to hibernate an application, the data in cache are automatically deleted from the smartphone’s memory. However, if all users of that device make the same decision, the space saved will be much greater.
The shared lines of code imply that application compression may occur at the package level, that is, in its entirety. However, this broader level of compression will only occur when all users of the equipment decide to hibernate that application.
This is where some doubts about this new feature begin to arise. Since an Android smartphone is usually used by just one user, one wonders what Google means by “all users”.
While waiting for more data to understand this point, what stands out most is the level of compression that Google is preparing to implement. From what is known, everything points to a drastic reduction in the space occupied by the app in the device’s storage, even if it is not uninstalled.
Thus, when the user is interested again in using this application, it will be ready to be reactivated, without the need to be reinstalled on the device. This is what can be inferred from what was disclosed, but it is important to wait for more details.
When will this feature be available?
Since it is still at an early stage of development, it is too early to know when this functionality will be released. Still, the scenario of it being part of the final version of Android 12, the next version of Google’s operating system, is not ruled out.
Android 12 will be officially released for all compatible models sometime in the summer of 2021. Until then, we are still waiting for the first test versions – which should arrive soon – and that will allow us to know some of its main novelties.
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