In the world of Android, when an application is opened, and we switch to another application or lock our phone, the application starts running in the background, maybe performing a specific task. However, this step may increase battery, memory, and system resource consumption.
Many Android OEMs try to kill the background running application to save the battery and system resources. On the contrary, killing background applications also means the application running will not be able to perform tasks, which can slow down the device’s performance if used frequently. So, the end users blame the app developer instead of the brand, which restricts the background application.
Many complaints are available across social media platforms about frequent app crashes & breaks, unstable performance, and poor experience. Some users assume that the app developers are restricting them from playing the app smoothly, which is not the actual scenario.
Google is improving the consistency of background running applications to let them run on Android with Android 14. Samsung will be the “first partner” to help the applications run freely in the background with Android 14-based One UI 6. Both the company’s have stated the act officially.
With Android 14’s Developer Preview 1, the Tech Giant announced the changes associated with foreground and background:
- “A new requirement to declare foreground service types and request type-specific permissions, which clarify when it’s reasonable to use foreground services.”
- “The new user-initiated data transfer job type, which makes the experience of managing large user-initiated uploads and downloads smoother by leveraging JobScheduler’s constraints (e.g., network constraints such as unmetered WiFi).”
- “New Google Play policies to ensure the appropriate use of foreground services and the user-initiated data transfer jobs.”
To further refine the changes, the respective developers have said to review the changelog and send feedback on the Android 14 APIs, which will help to resolve the consistency issues.
So, with Android 14-based One UI 6, Samsung is expected to kill the background applications less often. The company will prioritize keeping multiple applications running in the background. As the developers are hardly working on the consistency issues, we may not see much lag, and we will be able to improve multitasking and app performance.
If the company has planned to kill background apps comparatively less, this will increase battery consumption and affect performance. But they are also trying to reduce battery life consumption and memory usage.
It is important to note that, even after the changes and successful implementation of the act (foreground & background apps), the system will see low performance and stutters here and there if too many applications run in the background.
Google and Samsung will try to find the perfect combination to run sufficient applications in the background without killing them and simultaneously improving battery life, app performance, and system performance.
What do you guys think about the consistency issues? Do you think Google and Samsung will be able to implement it efficiently? What do you think about the battery performance after implementing the changes? Let us know by dropping the replies in the comments section below.