Do you know the “App is not responding” warnings that occasionally appear on the Androids screen? They have their days counted. Among the “hidden” Android P news, XDA Developers has found that the new version of Google’s system will handle app crashes differently: instead of showing a warning to the user, with options to close or wait for a response , the OS will simply force the programs to close.
The purpose of the feature is to improve the usability of the platform: instead of covering the screen with an alert that hinders navigation and use, the system will simply close the application that is causing inconvenience. “It’s not quite an improvement for your users,” said Reto Meier, executive at a Google I / O developer presentation. “But it’s a much stronger signal for us, as developers, that we need to deal properly with a particular problem.”
For users, the novelty may give the impression that the applications in the foreground are closing more often alone. However, it can also have the opposite effect if the problem occurs in apps running in the background – if Twitter hangs while not in use, for example, Android P will just shut it down, without bothering the owner of the smartphone.
Developers will have to be more attentive to their crash monitoring tools, as XDA Developers noted. After all, direct feedback from users – like those error reports that you can choose to send when an application crashes – should almost cease to exist.
Developers with access to the previous version of Android P released last week can still manually enable the display of the crash warning. But it is quite possible that it will be disabled by default when the system reaches end users.