Ever felt the annoyance of dealing with poor resource management on your Android device? You know, the kind that’s usually caused by bloatware or unwanted pre-installed apps. Yeah, those. They not only clutter your device but also mess with the system performance. And, let’s not even get started on the user experience.
It’s even worse for entry-level devices. They often get more pre-installed apps than the pricier models and have fewer system resources. Talk about unfair!
But hey, there’s some good news. Android 14 seems to be stepping up to the plate. It’s introducing a dedicated feature to manage this resource management issue efficiently. This could mean better battery life and overall system performance.
Remember Dave Burke, the VP of Engineering for Android? He mentioned some significant performance gains last October. These gains were a result of smart control on cached processes. This could also be why the Google Pixel 8 Pro has improved thermal management.
Mishaal Rahman goes into the nitty-gritty of this Android 14 feature. It’s all about reducing memory and battery usage specifically for pre-installed applications. Here’s how it works: the operating system scans system partitions during the device’s boot-up process. If Android 14 spots an app with “exported launcher activity” in this scan, it puts the app in a “STOPPED” state. That is, until the user actively opens it. This way, preloaded apps stay dormant, using minimal system resources until the user decides to launch them.
Now, let’s talk about the success of this resource management feature in Android 14. It’s all about the inclusion of apps in the allowlist.
Google describes this as a feature that “significantly reduces the system resource usage.” It could be the answer to long-standing concerns about bloatware’s impact on device performance. Google plans to incorporate this feature into the Android Open Source Project. This means all Android Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have the option to opt-out.
OEMs can even create an allowlist. They can designate specific preloaded apps that are necessary for a proper system operation to consume system resources. The rest? They remain “STOPPED”. Rahman notes that certain stock Google apps are already part of the allowlist in the Google Mobile Services bundle provided to various OEMs.
The implementation of this feature depends on how OEMs choose to integrate it. But, its potential benefits could bring about significant improvements in the behavior of Android phones running Android 14 and future versions. However, the success of this feature depends on widespread adoption and the inclusion of apps by OEMs in the allowlist.