Google is constantly looking for ways to make it faster for you to download the apps you want to use, while reducing the space those apps take up in your smartphone’s storage memory. For example, in 2018, the Mountain View firm began offering a solution called App Bundle to developers of Android applications, in order to allow them to reduce the size of the .apk files of these applications.
Recently, we also found out that Google is developing a new feature called App Install Optimization for Android, again with the goal of reducing file size (which impacts download speed, occupied storage, and data consumption). . As we explained to you in a previous article, this new function crowdsources users’ smartphones in order to know which parts of an app are used the first time after downloading. Then, this information can be used to optimize app installations.
While the feature is rolling out to some users, Google reassures with regard to personal data
And according to an article published by the XDA site, Google has started to roll out this new feature of Android to users. In addition, a help page has already been created by the firm to explain how the Install Optimization App works.
“When you turn on app install optimization, Google can determine which parts of an app you use the first time you open it after installation. When enough people do it, Google can optimize the app to install, open and run faster for everyone ”, can we read on this page.
Google specifies that this information collection is only done when optimization is activated, and that no personal information is collected as part of this new functionality.
“This feature does not collect any personal information, such as your name or email address, and does not look at anything outside of the app, such as other apps or content on your device. It also does not collect information about content uploaded or downloaded in the app, such as images from a social feed or rankings in a leaderboard ”, specifies the Mountain View firm.
To activate this feature, if it is already deployed on your device, go to the Google Play application, open the Google Play menu, then go to settings. A new button enables or disables this optimization.
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There is also a rumor circulating about a feature that will put apps into hibernation.
And obviously, Google should offer another feature to limit the storage space that applications occupy on your smartphone. According to a rumor that we recently relayed, Google will be offering a new app hibernation feature on Android 12.
In essence, when an app is not used for a long time, Android 12 could put the app into hibernation. This mechanism would delete the temporary files associated with the affected apps, in order to free up space.
Currently, Android is already revoking permissions granted to apps that are no longer in use (such as access to storage, geolocation or microphone and camera), in order to protect user privacy.