On August 1, Google Play began to require new app broadcasts to target at least the Android 8.0 Oreo API. Since November 1, all updates of existing apps were mandatory for the same API. At first glance, this change may mean little to you, it will have a profound impact on Android. Now your favorite apps will be better.
When an app is created, developers choose a target API based on the different version of Android. The version they target dictates the tools available to create the app. These tools include improvements to how background data is managed, how privileges are used, security features, and various other features that enhance the app's experience, and in turn, your device's overall performance.
Many existing apps don & # 39; Do not target the latest version of Android. The reasons range from an unwillingness to spend time and resources to avoid new security features. But with Google's new policy, they must exploit many of Oreo's new tools. And as a result, more apps will let you take advantage of the latest features in Android, making every new OS update more meaningful.
Better Battery Life
Google has consistently added improvements to Android to reduce battery power. With growing Android versions, apps can run almost uncontrolled in the background, free to maintain data connections, and consume resources like RAM and CPU while consuming their battery.
With Android 8.0 (or API level 26), apps now need to implement Background Version Limits. With very few exceptions, apps are considered free when you do not use them actively, and they will be prevented from starting new services in the background. Only under special circumstances, a background app can be given a temporary window to launch the necessary services without restrictions.
Once your apps have been updated to target Oreo, they will no longer be exempt from these rules. As a result, you should see a noticeable jump in battery life.