Android 12 may add a new tool that puts unused apps into a hibernation mode in order to free up just a little more on-device space…
Android 12 is expected to make its debut sometime in the spring and become available to the public in September. As with previously releases of the Google mobile operating system, there are plenty of rumors swirling about what it might bring. Now, a recent look into the code by the folks over at XDA reveals Android 12 could very well add a new ‘hibernation’ feature that frees-up space otherwise occupied by unused apps.
Possible Android 12 App ‘Hibernation’ Space-Saving Option Spotted in Code Analysis
Although it’s speculation at this time, it is possible that a tool to “manage app hibernation state, a state apps can enter that means they are not being actively used and can be optimized for storage” might make its first appearance in the next major release of Android. However, there’s not yet enough evidence this is exactly what’s meant and/or if it will even arrive with Android 12 or a subsequent version.
But, given the fact that apps take up more and more space, it’s easy to deduce this is the tool’s precise use. It would not only help to free up a bit more on-device space, but also save at least a little battery life, as well.