TECH NEWS – There’s nothing worse than missing important messages because they don’t show up (i.e., we don’t miss them because we’re not paying attention).
Open-source allows mobile phone companies to customize their Android operating system to a certain extent, more than can be said for rival Apple’s iOS. Sometimes, the result is good (Samsung’s One UI might fall into this category), and it could be even better, as Samsung and Google have announced a collaboration to ensure that apps don’t stop running in the background when not in use.
So Android 14 and One UI 6.0 and their respective newer versions will no longer be so aggressive when it comes to closing down apps running in the background but in an idle state. It can be common for vendors to use skins and system behavior to kill apps running in the background with no simplicity to reduce memory and data usage. It can be annoying in the case of messaging programs (Telegram, Discord, Messenger..), so you can miss important messages due to an operating system that is too prone to locking up.
A joint statement from Samsung and Google reads, “To strengthen the Android platform, our collaboration with Google has resulted in a unified policy that we expect will create a more consistent and reliable user experience for Galaxy users. Since One UI 6.0, foreground services of apps targeting Android 14 will be guaranteed to work as intended so long as they are developed according to Android’s new foreground service API policy.”
And the two companies working together is a convenience because it means you don’t have to restart closed applications every time, saving time and effort to use Android or One UI more casually, and you don’t have to worry about closing an application in the background again when we didn’t want to. They could have done it sooner.