We still have many weeks before the official arrival of the Android 12. However, this system is already in development and we are now scooping for information. According to XDA-Developers, Google recently submitted a code change to the AOSP project. The codes suggest that Google Android 12 will come with an app hibernation feature. This feature seems to target the optimization of storage space.
Part of the code reads “system service that manages app hibernation state, a state apps can enter that means they are not being actively used and can be optimized for storage”.
The workability of this feature is not clear
It is not yet certain whether this function will automatically hibernate the application. According to reports, this function will compress the application into APK and related resource files for storage, so as to increase the storage space of the mobile phone. At the same time, there are reports that the first Android 12 development preview version will be available in more than a month.
Concerning this feature, here is what XDA has to say
“Our guess is that app hibernation will be automatic like the auto-revoking permissions feature in Android 11. This optimization involves the compression of the APK and other app resources. However, we won’t know for sure until more code changes are submitted. We also don’t know for sure if this feature will actually make its way to Android 12 as the commits haven’t been merged yet. There’s still time for new features like this to join in, but the window is closing soon. Once we learn more about this app hibernation service or any other features coming to Android 12, we’ll share that information”.
There are many third-party application hibernation tools currently on the market. However, most of these tools require Android superuser permissions.
We will keep a tab on the development of Android 12 and let you know when we have interesting information.