Samsung fixes background app restrictions with Android 14 (One UI 6)

In the world of Android, when an application opens and we switch to another application or lock our phone, the application starts running in the background, perhaps performing a specific task. However, this step may increase battery, memory, and system resource consumption.

Many Android OEMs try to kill the background running application to save battery and system resources. On the contrary, disabling background applications also means that the running application cannot perform tasks, which can slow down the device’s performance if used frequently. So the end users blame the app developer instead of the brand, which limits the background application.

There are many complaints available on social media platforms about frequent app crashing and breaking, unstable performance and poor experience. Some users assume that the app developers prevent them from playing the app smoothly, which is not the actual scenario.

Google improves the consistency of applications running in the background so that they can run on Android with Android 14. Samsung will be the “first partner” to let the applications run freely in the background with Android 14-based One UI 6 Both companies have declared the law official.

With Android 14’s Developer Preview 1, the Tech Giant announced the changes related to foreground and background:

  • “A new requirement to declare foreground service types and request type-specific permissions, clarifying when it is reasonable to use foreground services.”
  • “The new user-initiated data transfer job type, which makes the experience of managing large user-initiated uploads and downloads smoother by leveraging JobScheduler’s constraints (e.g., network restrictions such as unlimited Wi-Fi).”
  • “New Google Play policies to ensure proper use of foreground services and user-initiated data transfer tasks.”

To further refine the changes, the respective developers have said to review the changelog and provide feedback on the Android 14 APIs, which will help resolve the consistency issues.

So with Android 14 based One UI 6, Samsung is expected to kill the background applications less often. The company will prioritize running multiple applications in the background. Since the developers are hardly working on the consistency issues, we may not see much lag and we can improve multitasking and app performance.

If the company plans to kill background apps relatively less, it will increase battery consumption and affect performance. But they also try to reduce battery life consumption and memory usage.

It is important to note that even after the changes and successful implementation of the act (foreground and background apps), the system will see low performance and stutter here and there if too many applications are running in the background.

Google and Samsung will try to find the perfect combination to keep enough applications running in the background without killing them while improving battery life, app performance, and system performance.

What do you think of the consistency issues? Do you think Google and Samsung can implement it efficiently? How do you feel about the battery performance after making the changes? Let us know by posting the answers in the comments section below.

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