Android 12’s new background app limitations could be a major headache for power users

Android 12 has introduced a lot of changes, though not all of them are really user-facing. Features like the massive Material You redesign are obviously shoved in your face and hard to miss, but something like Digital Car Key support might be easier to miss. However, one change that might even be entirely undocumented will wreak havoc on apps like Termux, and that’s the introduction of a pretty aggressive background process killer.
For context, Termux is a Linux terminal emulator that you can get on Android, and Termux’s package management system is much like Debian’s Advanced Package Tool (APT) in that you can search, install, and uninstall with the command apt. Termux installs just a few basic packages out of the box, to reduce APK size on the Play Store, but allows you to install any extra packages that you desire. People will often make use of Termux to turn older smartphones into mini servers, or use it to run other programs that are typically not aimed at smartphones. A common…

Written By: Adam Conway

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