We are currently developing an Android app that is a fitness-tracker application. It runs constantly in the background, and it works fine on most devices, but we've been having issues with the application dying completely on some Samsung devices. After some investigation, it seems like some Samsung devices has a completely custom "App Optimisation" feature (http://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s6/599408-app-optimisation-after-updating.html), which is basically a (very) primitive version of the Doze feature that exists in later versions of Android which basically just murders apps if they haven't been used for three days.
As this app is more or less only doing logging, and doesn't open the activity, it presents a big problem for us, because this feature is pre-enabled on many Samsung devices. The problem is solved by using a foreground service, but that is a sledgehammer of a solution that requires disturbing the user with a constant notification, and we really don't need the app to be in the foreground - we are fine with the normal power management of Android.
The Samsung App Optimisation feature clearly states that it will "optimise" apps if they have not been used for three days. Does anyone have insight in what Samsung considers to be "used" and can I somehow trigger that?
Side-rant: In my opinion, this is a badly implemented feature that makes development on Android more hostile. Besides our use case, it will any messenger applications break. If it were not for the fact that Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp are hard-wired to be exempt for the app, users would be going crazy because it would be breaking their experiences.