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Thread: How do you get by without a task killer?

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    How do you get by without a task killer?

    I see a lot of people are pretty adament about the evils of task killers. I understand that Android will monitor apps and kill them automatically as needed, and background tasks that aren't doing anything really aren't using any resources, but killing tasks helps, period. How do I get by without it?

    1) Backgroud tasks aren't using zero resources. They aren't using much, but they are sitting in memory and occasionally stealing a CPU clock.

    2) Maps and browser just won't go away. How do you stop them? My battery was dead Sunday morning because I'd left Maps running (but not open) and it was polling my GPS all night.

    3) My phone runs slow as hell when I first start it. First thing I do is kill 15 tasks and it's great. Again, I know background tasks aren't using many resources, but I don't want GTalk using ever, period. But there it is, along with Maps, Market and a dozen others, running automatically when I boot.
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    I have not had any reason to use an apparently killer, my Droid runs fine, with exception of running launcher2...
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    Only app I ever killed was a rouge app (beta) that the developer had jacked up.
    No need for a task killer IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RW-1 View Post
    I have not had any reason to use an apparently killer, my Droid runs fine, with exception of running launcher2...
    Know how I know you posted this from your droid? haha I don't get why app isn't in the default dictionary.

    I'm with the OP on this. If I don't manually kill the browser, the google homepage sits there polling gps and kills the battery.
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    Never found the need for a task killer, either, Droid seems to manage pretty well on its own.
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    if maps is running in the background when you aren't using it, you need to change your settings. same with gtalk. the reason you have to kill 15 things when you boot your phone up is because you have a bunch of apps set to start on boot.

    those of us that are against task killers are because we believe it is just another app taking up space and resources. every time you need the browser for something, your phone would have to reboot it, whereas if you just let it sit in the background it just loads up faster.

    look into your settings on all your apps that you are having issues with and see if you can cut down on some things.
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    You could just change the homepage to about:blank
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    I never noticed the need, however, I do run minfreemanager now that I am rooted(basically just makes androids built in task killing more robust).
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    I don't use one, when I am done using a maps app I just make sure my GPS is turned off. I don't have any issues with it, and my battery life is great!

    Dust under my screen is another story though......
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    I just never use them and have not had a single issue

    I have let Android manage itself for months now and have yet to have any battery or performance issues. As an FYI I reboot about once a month and whatever starts simply stays.

    I do turn off the obvious GPS and wifi but other than that I let it go.

    Your maps should not be polling when not in use. Off a fresh boot and without using maps its still showing it using up clock cycles/CPU?
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