Samsung has made some great strides in recent years in building the One UI skin as one of the best versions of Android on the market. Well, it seems like things are heading in the wrong direction. Apparently, Samsung introduced some aggressive background killing policies in Android 11 that top the lists in the worst ways.
Don’tKillMyApp is an independent website that ranks Android OEMs based on how they handle background app management. The site looks at how AOSP and Google’s own Pixels handle background apps, and from there looks at how major OEMs are changing the platform for the worse, causing users to see their background apps shut down unexpectedly.
For years, this list remained largely the same, with near-stock Android manufacturers such as Sony and Nokia sitting comfortably in low ranks (lower is better) while more aggressive changes from Xiaomi, Asus, Oppo and others earned higher rank. Huawei topped the list for a very long time, with OnePlus as a close second and Samsung some distance behind. Well, that̵
Samsung is now in first place when it comes to killing background apps aggressively thanks to changes the company made in the Android 11 upgrade. A new restriction Samsung has implemented, prevents apps from keeping a wake-up call in foreground services. This change, which is enabled by default, is described as a “serious deviation from standard Android process management policies” and may result in some background apps being compromised, including some health apps that may lose the ability to collect sensor data.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Users can dive into several different setting pages (Settings> Apps> Your app> Battery> Battery optimization> All apps> [App Name] > Do not optimize) and turn off battery optimization.
In particular, this comes after Google said it would take steps to prevent exactly this type of behavior from its Android partners. Obviously Samsung did not get the note or ignored it completely.
As someone who has been using Samsung’s latest Galaxy S21 devices and a Galaxy Z Fold 2 in recent months, I can not say that I have noticed these issues directly. However, it may be directly related to the fact that all of these Samsung devices have lavish amounts of RAM, which causes background apps to be left alone. This problem is likely to become clearer on Samsung’s cheaper devices.
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