Google Android 9 changes annoys app developers

A simple change, which the user even realizes, has been causing a slight friction between Google and Android app developers: the company, the owner of the mobile operating system, has limited the number of Wi-Fi scans an app can make. On Android 9 Pie, this limitation comes down to four scans every two minutes (for both open and running apps) or once every 30 minutes (for apps that run in the background, without direct execution). The measure does not include system applications.

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The problem for some devs is that this feature is commonly used by a variety of applications that use any kind of real-time data analysis, such as weather software, navigation apps and, of course, measuring signal strength Internet. For applications that act on these lines, the measure may be limiting its main operation.

The situation has been dragging on since last week: on Friday (24), Google responded to several complaints posted on its Google Issuetracker for Android page, which logs complaints from developers to the system, saying, "Again, a lot Thank you for submitting your function request. After evaluating with our product and engineering teams, the requested suggestion will not be considered at this time. " In other words, developers who want a rollover, or unless the user can create an exception list, will not be met.

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Google has promoted the change, according to its own, in order to save the user's battery consumption. Network scans, regardless of whether they are done manually or running in the background, increase the load and can, if excessively, reduce battery life. However, apps like GPS and signal meters end up being impacted directly with the measurement.


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