Developers can not stand to see their applications malfunction because of the software installed by some manufacturers. A site has been set up to try to find solutions.
Managing multitasking has always been one of the strengths of Android. It allows applications to continue certain jobs in the background while you are using another application. This is a double-edged power, because it can also be the source of overconsumption of our mobile devices, and therefore a decrease in their autonomy.
To overcome this, some manufacturers change the management of Android multitasking to make it more severe with applications in the background, and close after a few minutes. This strategy can sometimes hinder the operation of certain applications intended to operate in the background, especially those that allow the monitoring of a sports activity.
Do not kill my app!
In front of applications that do not do what they promised, users often have the reflex to give a bad rating on the Play Store, or a negative comment. Yet, the true responsible is often the smartphone manufacturer, and its software interface.
The Urbandroid development team has therefore decided to highlight this problem by creating the website dontkillmyapp.com. This site lists the good and bad students among Android smartphone manufacturers, and gives solutions to limit the problems of multitasking.
Nokia champion of bad students
Surprisingly, while the naked version of Android is highly rated, Nokia wins the palm of the most aggressive software interface. If HMD Global but often before the use of a "pure Android" with Android One, the manufacturer actually integrates system applications developed by the Chinese firm Evenwell.
The site also gives solutions
Nokia smartphones Android Oreo and Android Pie can close applications very aggressively, after 20 minutes when the screen is off. Thus even the applications of alarm become useless. Applications that are whitelisted in the settings do not escape the rule.
OnePlus with OxygenOS, Xiaomi with MIUI and Huawei with EMUI are also involved, but this time, the whitelisting allows to correctly allow an application to remain in the background
Google and HTC, the good students
All manufacturers implement this kind of strategy to promote the autonomy of their smartphones. However, developers believe that the "stock" version of Android, used by Google in particular, is the one that annoys the least applications.
HTC is also highlighted as one of the best students in the industry, thanks to the implementation of a detailed page on its site allowing developers to better understand the battery management and multitasking strategies implemented by the HTC Sense interface.