I had a thread about how my phone has gone "blank" twice.. where no matter what I did, it wouldn't turn on. I had to pull the battery to make it work. I am starting a new thread primarily to ask a slightly different question... is it possible an application on my phone is crashing the entire thing? This morning I had my alarm set on it, and it didn't go off.. so I woke up late. Turns out, my phone wouldn't come on again. It was plugged in to the dock, so it's not as if it was out of juice. I finally pulled the battery again and it went back on.
So, first thing I gotta know.. if you put the phone in the dock.. and the screen goes out (not dead..just goes off after the 1 minute timer), do ALL apps on it stop if they were running (either stop, or "suspend" until the phone is turned back on)? Or is it possible that some apps could be running in the background... well, I am guessing this is possible as the alarm clock is an app and I am assuming it runs all the time in order to check the time and sound the alarm. If I read correctly, everything on this phone is an app, there is no special built-in features like an alarm clock.
So next up is.. as a phone user, let's pretend I am not a developer or very tech savvy... how would a normal user even know that they may have some apps running that could drain their battery? Surely Google/Verizion want as many people buying their phones, including potentially non-tech capable people. I can't imagine everyone that buys an android based phone will need to understand how to kill applications with the task killer (or the built in one in the settings menu). It seems to me that while being able to run multiple apps at once is really nice... it may be the bane of these types of phones if normal users that run a couple apps, then hit the home or back key thinking they are done with it, come to realize it was still running and drained the battery.
A few other threads talk about some way to actually "close" an application. I know how to kill it, but in the Advanced Task Killer app, I see like 12+ apps running that I have to kill, and some like corporate calendar seem to restart on their own. Granted they take so little power to run I would not think they could drain the battery very fast. But there is no way a normal user that comes over from a simple phone is going to know to actually kill applications to make sure they are stopped. I would assume that if Android is to take off and become the next big thing in phones.. there has got to be some way that regular users just know that apps are stopped and not continuing to run in the background draining battery life.