Android 8.1 Aims Battery, Space Saving with Some Inactive App Cache

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Android 8.1 Aims Battery, Space Saving: Android Oreo was released months ago and now, Google has already made some improvements to the original built resulting in Android 8.1 Oreo. This developer preview update brings the best features to the android which is the most common thing in any operating system, i.e., Battery Saving. Along with saving battery, there is another uncommon thing called Space saving which we never saw in an update from Google.

This incredible feature that came to Android, saves the battery life and makes the user saving the power for more time. In Android 8.1, applications marked “inactive” aren’t run through dexopt, the Android tool that optimizes .dex files to produce an .odex file. As a result, they don’t take up space in the Dalvik compiler’s cache. Android 8.1 Oreo AOSP framework includes a feature that will free up some disk space on your Android device when you’re running low.

Android 8.1 Aims Battery, Space Saving Features:

According to the XDA developers, Active applications take up the same amount of install space. And because the feature ships with Android 8.1 and most OEMs are beta-testing Android 8.0 right now, it might be a while before devices take advantage. Android 8.0 Oreo, which was released in August, has an install-base of just 0.2 percent. At 32 percent, Android 6 Marshmallow still powers the majority of the Android market.

Worse still, these space-saving features must be enabled by the manufacturer. The battery settings will show you an app that has been draining your battery and how. The notification will be hard to miss as it will have a red battery icon right next to it. If you have the messenger opened, the battery percentage shows that ‘Messenger Draining Battery’ and for which user will respond for sure as you can see from the notification for that application.

The company’s Doze power-management feature was introduced in Android Marshmallow to end the battery woes, and Google is continuously improving on that. This gives a great improvement over the previous version.

If you want to get the latest developer preview version from google, here are the devices that support 8.1 Developer preview for now.

If you decide you want to get OTA updates after manually flashing a device, all you need to do is enroll the device in the Android Beta Program. You can enroll the device at any time to receive the next Preview update over the air.

Device Download Link SHA-256 Checksum
Nexus 5X bullhead-opp5.170921.005-factory-e5622807.zip e5622807e9273b327ca5ccaec72abdd5a57a4f8895d30af3b1db9b13648e93d3
Nexus 6P angler-opp5.170921.005-factory-a45d3eab.zip a45d3eab4bc4244b6661fe677f26ec8d375a0fa568a345c0a2a76bd36f56c433
Pixel C ryu-opp5.170921.005-factory-94249682.zip 94249682b612ab0d4f9f484b737a3899be6aa5d68e6cf59877fd0e3a1ee55344
Pixel sailfish-opp5.170921.005-factory-47da29c4.zip 47da29c416a5803869a0d88cfdcbcdb08b1c7468d13af127f53bd1301025ba7e
Pixel XL marlin-opp5.170921.005-factory-56bbae3e.zip 56bbae3e97ebf85ec403886045e9f6d6987f0ad37c75d65dd48397873bb78619
Pixel 2 Will be available later in the Developer Preview. See release notes for details.
Pixel 2 XL taimen-opp5.170921.005-factory-879b105d.zip 879b105dd93a856ca0dad3f0d86a10938e57e6f33c5a628c5be95e6f4740824e

 

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