The change adds a new layout to the app’s system, which preserves a person’s data, and allows other parts of the app to be uninstalled. According to Google, it will be possible to reduce about 60% of the application storage space through archiving. This function is interesting for platforms that are used occasionally or infrequently, but the user does not want to delete it completely.
This feature is also useful when you remove an app, so you don’t have to re-enter all the data you’ve already added. According to the company, by the end of the year, the job will be available to the general public. For now, Bundletool 1.10 app and game developers can test the tool. In a video released today Twitter, the Internet user performed the procedure. In the post, the app uses Google News for example.
The process takes place directly in the Play Store, in the “Manage applications and devices” menu. When selecting an application, where today only the option to delete is seen, there is also an alternative to archiving. From 32 MB, the application size shrinks to 1.4 MB after archiving it. On the main screen, Google News remains visible, with a cloud above the icon, indicating the change made. When the app is reactivated, it resumes with all previous customizations, such as login, language and selected websites.
It is worth noting that it is not yet known which Android versions will receive the news.
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