Google is currently working on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Recently, a report by Android Police claimed that the new Android 8.1 beta comes with a feature which would highlight apps consuming excessive battery. That’s another useful feature coming to the fore just a week after XDA Developers spotted a new space-saving feature thanks to the recent change in the Android Open Source Project framework. This new feature will be automatically triggered when your smartphone is running low on storage. It will do so by clearing the cache of apps which haven’t been used for a while.
The caches that this new feature will clear include non-essential data like saved background images, usernames etc. These caches make the apps perform faster as the app doesn’t need to redownload some of the frequently used data. However, they eat into your storage space. Clearing up caches for less used apps frees up space on your internal storage. Interestingly, this feature will only activate when your device is running low on storage.
How much space can be saved depends on the kind and number of apps you use. Apps like Calculator only take up a few KBs of internal storage space, whereas apps like Facebook can be take up much more (378MB cached memory in my case). Now, if I start using Facebook Lite on my smartphone and stop opening the main Facebook app for a few days, my smartphone will automatically clean the cache for the main Facebook app when I run low on internal storage.
Currently, this new feature is available for Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo beta users. When the company starts rolling out the software to the public, they will allow OEMs to enable the feature manually if they want to use it for their smartphones.
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