- Android 14: Foreground service types & permissions boost background app functionality.
- Google Play policies to ensure responsible use of foreground services.
- Samsung’s One UI 6 minimizes app terminations, enhancing multitasking & performance.
Apps running in the background are simply terminated in the current Android versions in order to optimize the smartphone battery, memory, and system resource consumption. This can slow down the performance of smartphones and can also lead to app crashes. Google now wants to improve the performance of apps running in the background with Android 14.
Google has already brought Samsung to the table to resolve these background issues. With the One UI 6 user interface Samsung will allow the apps in the background to run freely.
In a groundbreaking move, Google announces a paradigm shift for apps operating in the foreground and background. Android 14 empowers developers with the ability to “declare foreground service types” and acquire “type-specific permissions” for enhanced app functionality. These permissions bring clarity to when running apps in the foreground is justified. Moreover, to safeguard user experience, reportedly, Google wants to introduce Google Play policies to ensure the responsible utilization of foreground services and user-initiated data transfer tasks.
With its One UI 6 Samsung is expected to quit apps running in the background less often. In this way, there should be fewer performance drops in app performance and multitasking. However, Google and Samsung have to find the perfect balance between energy consumption and memory. According to Google, the new rules will come into force on August 31, 2023.