Android 8.1 Oreo will save space by reducing size of inactive apps

Google cracks down on apps using Accessibility Services for purposes other than accessibility
     
     
       By John Hoff

Google cracks down on apps using Accessibility Services for purposes other than accessibility By John Hoff

That's especially true if you happen to be using a device lacking storage, or simply hate battery-draining apps (and who doesn't?).

Google is still in the process of rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to all Android users.

In Android 8.1, an improvement to cache management will be introduced, effectively reducing the amount of space apps that are not used too often can hog.

Action required: If you aren't already doing so, you must explain to users how your app is using the 'android.permission.BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE' to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. Well, Google seems to be focused on resolving all these issues and relieve users of the storage space related concerns. In effect, if you have an app installed, but it's rarely referenced, its cache will become marked as technically unimportant, automatically freeing up the space it was hogging. Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy.

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For those with really limited storage devices, this change should be a much-appreciated one, since cleaning up manually, even for an experienced user, is tedious. Android has been trying to remedy that for many and many versions, and the latest Android 8.1 Developer Preview adds one more weapon to your arsenal in the fight against battery drainage. And if developers can't prove that their apps actually use Accessibility Services for their intended purpose-to assist disabled users and help them have a better experience with an app-then they must remove these functions or risk being pulled off the Play Store entirely.

It's good to see Android giving importance to such feature, but till the Android manufacturers take the trouble to update their device in time, it'll be long that the mainstream devices get this feature. Apart from that, the OEMs will need to enable this feature of Android Oreo in order to let the users take advance of the same.

Overall, two awesome features are coming to Android 8.1, which would have been really nice to see in 8.0.

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