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Android 8.1 Developer Preview shows which apps drain your battery

13 November 2017, 01:55 | Brandon Parsons

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A new mechanism in Android 8.1 will help devices with limited storage by reducing application cache sizes for those apps not regularly used.

Google plans to remove all apps that do not comply with its " Permissions policy and Prominent Disclosure requirements", the search giant announced. Another option for devs who are using the API is to remove any requests for accessibility services within their app.

A new feature in Android 8.1 Developer Preview, which is a test-bed for all the new functionalities that will most certainly make it to stock Android down the line, is a built-in wakelock detector that will potentially save you a lot of battery by identifying and highlighting apps that have prevented the phone from going into deep sleep. Failure to explain the need for the API in this regard will result in the app being removed from Google Play. The new directive could have major consequences for many apps, especially those intended for customisation or power users.

Among the apps that are using this API for users with disabilities, you might have already heard about LastPass, Tasker or Network Monitor Mini, but there are other popular apps using it as well.

Most Android malware groups will just shift focus to third-party store distribution, or focus on different methods to abuse the Play Store or ask for permission to the Accessibility service in ways that are not detected by Google at this time.

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How much space this will save you, in the long run, will depend on individual apps and habits.

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If the developer gets the email, they only have 30 days to justify the user of the Accessibility Services for the app in question.

The move comes as Google aims to crack down on malicious apps.

Yes, in the process, we may lose some really useful apps that are available in the Play Store, but we can at least rest easy that our devices aren't being attacked and passing data to hackers. That is because even apps designed specifically for disabled people can be banned because anyone can use them.

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