We’re still revelling in all the glory that is Android 8.0, and as such we’re starting to learn few more things about the new operating system that weren’t disclosed in today’s announcement. A feature we just found – and one I’m surprised they didn’t highlight, honestly – is called “Rescue Party” and it’s designed to save your device from bootloops.
Google+ user Andreas Proschofsky spotted the following on the AOSP website:
- Many users heavily depend on their phones and require a working device at all time. However, sometimes devices end up in reboot loops, which cause users to file support tickets or warranty inquiries. This process is frustrating for users and expensive for device manufacturers and carriers.
- Android 8.0 includes a feature that sends out a “rescue party” when it notices core system components stuck in crash loops. Rescue Party then escalates through a series of actions to recover the device. As a last resort, Rescue Party reboots the device into recovery mode and prompts the user to perform a factory reset.
- These rescue features are not required by the Android Compatibility Definition Document, but may still be useful to reduce support cases.
This is excellent news, especially taking into consideration the cost of devices these days. Finding yourself stuck in a bootloop situation is the last thing you ever want to do, so it’s great to see Google take a proactive approach to make sure your device is available when you need it most.
I’m currently stuck on the sidelines for this update. My LG G6 likely won’t get a taste of Oreo for another 4-6 months, and now I’m regretting my purchase for the first time since making it.
That Pixel 2 can drop anytime now.
Cheers, Andreas & Cliff!