Even though we saw the latest Android 11 operating system introduced in September 2020, it is present in a handful of devices and most 2020 flagships are running on Android 10 operating systems.

And while OEMs are still working out a roll-out plan for Android 11, Google has already started testing out features for Android 12 and the Developer Preview may be out in a month.

Hence the good folks at XDA-developers have been in the lookout to spot the features that could form the core of Google’s next operating system. One such code change made to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit, that is used to list out all the changes made to the Android Project in real-time, suggests that Google is planning to introduce a Hibernation feature to optimize storage.

Android 12

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With the limited information that we have, it seems that this feature will put applications that are not being actively used, to a hibernation state in order to free up space. The Gerrit entry defines this feature as the one, “that manages app hibernation state, a state apps can enter that means they are not being actively used and can be optimized for storage.”



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