Google is constantly looking for ways to speed up the downloading of the apps you want to use while reducing the space those apps take up on your smartphone’s memory. For example, in 2018, Mountain View started offering Android application developers a solution called App Bundle so that they could reduce the size of those applications’ APK files.
Recently, we also found out that Google is developing a new feature called App Install Optimization for Android with the aim of reducing file size (which affects download speed, used space and data consumption). As we explained to you in a previous article, this new feature will clutter users’ smartphones to learn which parts of an app are being used for the first time after downloading it. This information can then be used to optimize app installs.
While the feature is being rolled out for some users, Google is calming down when it comes to personal data
According to an article published on the XDA website, Google has started bringing this new feature of Android to users. In addition, the company has already created a help page that explains how the Install Optimization app works.
“If you enable App Installation Optimization, Google can determine which parts of an app you use the first time you open it after installation. If enough people do this, Google can optimize the app so that it can be installed, opened and run faster for everyone, ”it says on this page.
Google states that this information collection only takes place 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 the app, such as other apps or content on your device. It also does not collect any information about content uploaded or downloaded to the application, such as: B. Pictures from a social feed or ranking lists in a ranking list ”, says the company Mountain View.
To enable this feature, go to the Google Play application, open the Google Play menu and go to Settings if it is already provided on your device. A new button activates or deactivates this optimization.
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There is also a rumor circulating about a feature that will put apps to sleep.
And of course, Google should offer another function to limit the storage space that applications take up on your smartphone. According to a rumor we recently shared, Google will be introducing a new hibernation feature for apps for Android 12.
If an app is not used for a long time, Android 12 can activate the app in sleep mode. This mechanism deletes the temporary files associated with the affected apps in order to free up space.
Currently, Android is already revoking permissions for apps that are no longer in use (e.g. access to storage, geolocation, or microphone and camera) to protect user privacy.