Hibernating unused apps could become one of the main features in Android 12. This information comes from XDA Developers, As some indications of the feature appeared.
The source has been searching the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit to find some new and upcoming features. In the code this hibernate feature has been spotted.
Hibernating unused apps might be possible on Android 12
It appears that Google is adding a new service to the application hibernation system that “manages the hibernation state of applications, and state applications can enter, which means that they are not actively used and can be optimized for storage.”
These are all the details that we have at the moment. It is not clear how applications can enter this state, it may be automatic. It would be nice if users could do this manually, although that would give us a lot of control.
It is also unknown how users will be able to find out which apps have been hibernating. Maybe it will be presented differently on the phone, or maybe it will be removed from the app drawer. We have to wait and see.
However, this feature is likely automatic. This might be part of how to run Android 12 and basically improve itself. Some additional information may appear in the near future.
The first Android 12 developer preview may come out next month
In fact, we might see some indications of this feature in the upcoming Developer Preview. Believe it or not, the first Android 12 developer preview will likely land in the near future.
The first Android 11 developer preview was released in February last year. So, if Google plans to stick to this timeline, we’ll get our first Android 12 developer preview sometime next month.
Perhaps Android 12 will not be a major renewal of Android, because we have more or less passed that point. Google will simply look to introduce some useful new features and quality of life updates.
Android 11 is a great operating system, and there’s really no need to drastically change anything. We’ll likely see some indications of new features / changes in the near future. Before the first developer reviews arrive, opportunities like these usually surface, like the ones we’re talking about here.