If you are frustrated with clearing space on your Android handset for application updates, new applications and receiving the OTA updates, then there is good news for you. Apparently, Google is now working to come with a solution to this problem by making the storage issue a thing of past. It is not a big deal to maintain a decent amount of storage in the smartphones that come with native storage capacity of 64GB. But it is an issue for the mid and lower range smartphones which mostly come with 32GB or even 16GB of internal storage.
According to a new report by XDA Developers, Google will soon be coming out with a solution to this issue in the Android 8.1 Oreo update that will free up the file space of the inactive apps by reducing application cache sizes in the smartphone.
The new feature will automatically get activated when the handset will run low on storage. After certain period of time, the feature marks those apps that are not used often and are inactive and then downgrades them. If the app is being used recently in the foreground then Android considers that app to be ‘active’. Besides this, apps will also be considered as active even if they are in background, provided they are being used by some other app packages.
But it is important to understand that this is not a complete solution for your device storage issue as the active apps also take up the same amount of install space.
Though the new solution to the device storage issue in the device is being worked upon by Google upcoming Android 8.1 Oreo, the catch in this space saving feature is that it still depends on the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who will have to manually enable the feature.
So even if your OEMs enables the feature, you may have to wait for a while before your device finally gets the Android 8.1 Oreo.