The fact that Android is open source is excellent because every other smartphone manufacturer can actually go ahead and make their own changes to the Android OS as they please. Sometimes, the result turns out to be excellent. Right now, I would say that Samsung’s One UI is perhaps the best rendition of Android, and considering how the company has previously worked with Google, it is safe to say that they know what they are doing. Today, Samsung and Google have introduced a new partnership to ensure that apps are not killed in the background when idle.
Android 14 and One UI 6.0 will not be as aggressive in killing background apps as Samsung and Google partner up
This comes as a common issue when you have so many Android OEMs with their own skins and system behavior, and one of the notorious behaviors is just how aggressive 3rd party Android skins can get when it comes to killing background apps to prevent memory or data usage . However, this also means that instant messaging apps are often the target of this aggressive app-killing, and this results in you missing out on important messages.
Google and Samsung want to ensure that nothing like that happens, and both companies are going to make sure that the APIs dictate how the apps work in the background and function consistently throughout the entire ecosystem. The partnership means that Google’s upcoming Android 14 and Samsung’s One UI 6.0, which will also be based on Android 14, will have the same behavior when dealing with background apps.
Samsung has announced the following in a joint statements:
To strengthen the Android platform, our collaboration with Google has resulted in a unified policy that we hope 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.
This announcement is certainly good for everyone, including app developers, since they will have an easier time developing apps according to Google’s requirements. We won’t be seeing any discrepancies in the apps, either. This means that the apps will have the same effect on both Samsung and Google’s Android 14, and we are hoping that other companies will follow suit as well.