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Android P introduces a new power-saving tool called ‘App Standby Buckets’

  • App Standby Buckets categorize apps based on how frequently you use them and limit their access to device resources accordingly.
  • Apps that you use the most won’t be restricted by the system whereas apps that you never use will have strict restrictions imposed on them.
  • This is a dynamic process: the system assigns each app to a priority bucket and reassigns the apps as needed.

The all-new App Standby Buckets categorize apps based on how frequently you use them and allocate battery power accordingly.

Google just unveiled the first Android P beta preview, and as expected, the company is introducing a new power management tool with the upcoming OS. Called the App Standby Buckets, this brand-new feature essentially limits apps’ access to device resources like the CPU or battery based on the user’s usage patterns. In other words, apps that you use the most won’t be restricted by the system whereas apps that you never use will have strict restrictions imposed on them. As Google points out, the categorization process is a dynamic one: the system assigns each app to a priority bucket and reassigns the apps as needed.

There are five buckets: active, working set, frequent, rare, and never.

Google explains that “every manufacturer can set their own criteria for how non-active apps are assigned to buckets” and that if an app is already following best practices for Doze and app standby, handling the new power management feature should not be difficult. In theory, the new App Standby Buckets feature should help create a more efficient power management system.