Advanced task killer/apps running

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  1. BrianV

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    Never had a task killer, so loaded atk. I notice when I open it up inotice a bunch of apps ruining and I have to keep killing them.why do these apps keep re starting? Is there a way in atk to auto keep them off until I turn them on?
     
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    What apps are you referring to? Some need to run.

    Mike
     
  3. AnneDroid

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    There really is no need to have a task killing app. Linux systems are made to handle memory different than typical Windows does, which is what the majority of people are familiar with, and why we compulsively want to kill every single background process.

    I've been running completely fine without any task killer and I've found that changing settings like window animations (settings > sound & display > animation) will have a better effect on overall speed.
     
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    I had no need for a task killing app. Then I installed Pandora.
     
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    As noted many times, the term "running" is inaccurate. What you are seeing are apps that are "in memory." They are there because (a) they need to run periodically to collect information; (b) they have been run sometime in the past and the o/s doesn't need the memory space they are consuming; or (c) the developer believes that you may want instantaneous response and has designed the app to hang around in case you need it and it isn't interfering with other o/s needs.

    DON'T WORRY ABOUT THEM!
     
  6. LifeIsABeach

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    I know I went through all the Settings when I first got my phone, but I guess I had no idea what this was for and just ignored. Just tried changing it on and off a few times and I am definitely liking it off. Any other cool tips? Thanks!
     
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    Important to note the difference between an automated task killer and a process viewer which let's you kill tasks(manual task killer).

    The manual ones are sometimes needed to kill rogue programs that will run forever once you launch them or that are otherwise hung up. The automated task killers are defeating the purpose of having a smooth-running system. They run in the background to kill idle tasks which weren't using CPU. The thing to do is not install apps that launch on startup in the first place if you can help it. This includes: no automated task killers, no anitivirus, no widgets, etc. if you can help it.
     
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    I may be wrong about this, (I don't have it and probably never will) but isn't Pandora one of those apps that's hard to close?
     
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    Pandora has a "Quit" button that has always worked for me. Maybe sometimes it acts funky? I don't know. I don't use it that much.
     
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    You absolutely do not need to kill apps!!!! ATK and their ilk actually slow down the Android OS more than they help it. Trust me.
     
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    What if a process hangs due to an odd error or just crappy app? Sometimes it might be nice to launch a process viewer to kill the monstrosity other than having to reboot. For example, I use K9 now but when I was using the stock Email app I believe I sometimes had to kill that sucker and restart it.

    Anyway, I agree that the automated task killers don't makes sense. Process viewers, however are a natural part of any sophisticated OS. Ctrl+alt+del...
     
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    Here is the problem though, before I got Atk my battery would wear out in no time. Now with using this and leaving the applications I need running my battery will last all day. I don't have anything set up on my calendar or alarm and what not. There shouldn't be any reason for them to run at all. I understand that some applications need to run together, however why aren't they closing when they are done? Why have stuff that is not used constantly running and draining my battery? Something needs to change on this so that the battery lasts like my battery does with the atk.
     
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    What does your phone say is using the battery? Working from hard data is usually more effective than shotgunning and just trying different things.
     
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    If posts on this board were based on "hard data" there would be almost none of these threads.
     
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    Good point.
     
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