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Discussion in 'Android Applications Discussions' started by akita0331, Mar 29, 2010.
reading the forums i keep seeing conflicting opinions on app killers , is there a good one to use ?
Based on everything i've read you are better off letting Android manage itself.
There is no need for an app killer. Android handles the closing of applications very well on its own. If you have an application that is causing a problem. Remove the application and report the problem at the appropriate site or forum. It may also be likely that you will slow your system down...most app killers install services that run continually.....also Android reuses objects when available to eliminate the overhead of creating new objects. Shutting down apps on your own may -and I believe most likely- interfere or hinder the system from running efficiently.
If you would like a more detailed explanation of the framework http://developer.android.com/videos/index.html
You could also check out the documentation in the SDK.
I use Advanced Task Killer, its great. I use it all the time and I can select if I want it to kill messaging, alarm clock, browser, etc... Before using the app I had to plug in my phone after 12 hours of use but now I can a day easy without plugging it in and I use my browser and Pandora nonstop.
The problem is that a lot of n00bs misuse them and cause themselves more trouble. They're certainly fine if you know what you're doing and can be of benefit if you actually have an app that is misbehaving (though you really should look into addressing the problem and not just the symptom). Just don't assume that Android works the way your former device did and read up.
if you do get an app killer I recommend the Apollo Software Advanced App Killer versus the ReChild version. The reason I like the Apollo version is that it comes with a widget that when pressed will kill all apps other than those in the ignore list. And the killer doesn't always run in the background if you just use the widget itself. Is pretty nice since you aren't navigated to a new window or press a 2nd kill button. It sounds like a small detail but it is really nice to have. My sister has the ReChild varient and she switched to Apollo version after I showed her the widget on my Droid
There is no need for a task killer. Android handles the closing of applications very well on its own. You may very well have an application that is causing a problem. It may also be likely that you will slow your system down...most task killers install services that run continually.....also Android reuses objects when available to eliminate the overhead of creating new objects. Shutting down apps on your own may interfere or hinder the system from running efficiently.
If you would like a more detailed explanation of the framework: Videos | Android Developers
Hope that helps!
Auto Memory Manager isn't bad.
There is a benefit to it. You shouldnt use it to manage your memory necessarily, but you can use it, quite well, for other purposes. Be sure to exclude all of the things you always let run, and the things needed to run properly. Then if you have an app misbehaving, or need to kill an app running in the background (ie music player) quickly, from the home screen, a simple click of an app killer widget and you're done.
Well i have used many task killers and my personal favourite is SystemPanel from Nextapp,inc. It has the cleanest UI of all the task killer/manager apps IMO. You should give it a try.