Apps opening on their own?

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  1. AKDroidUser

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    I'm 48 hours into Droid ownership and have loaded Task Killer to manage open apps. I'm noticing that many apps are opening on their own. I know that I haven't accidentally opened them as I'm navigating. I turned off automatic notifications and updates but it keeps happening.

    Examples of apps that open on their own:

    calendar
    corporate calendar
    settings
    messaging
    gmail
    ...and other nonstandard apps

    Has anyone else had this problem? Any advice is appreciated.
     
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    If you do a search, you will see that those task killer type apps are bad for the droid.

    That being said you don't have to worry about things being open. Looks like most of them are progs that have data pushed to them.


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    Yeap, there have been reports of that, and I know it happens to me all the. Just this morning I woke up and checked my phone and my email program was open. I know I didn't do it, because it's not on the main page where i keep my phone. There are a lot of odd things happening with this phone. i was hoping that the 2.01 upgrade would have fixed that.
     
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    I was talking about them showing up in Task Killer.

    Right after I posted the thread I saw the info you forwarded. Thx for the quick response.

    If this doesn't lead to battery drain, I'm perplexed about my battery. It is not faring well so far and I've done all the management tips I can find (turn off wifi & gps, dim screen, etc).
     
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    Most (if not all) of the apps you listed are apps that get data (as Erron said) pushed, thus they actually need to periodically run to check for status updates. They do what they need to do and then stop. The memory management of these apps is handled by Android.

    Look at a standard Windows (or Mac) at all the processes that run that you never see compared with the number of apps that you run. There are things that need to run, just leave them be.

    Unless you are running a lot of apps, one after another to a point that the OS can't keep up and you start to get a little lag, and you are impatient (because eventually the OS *will* catch up), there is absolutely no need for things like ATK.
     
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    How strong a signal do you get? Searching for a signal drains the battery faster than anything else.
     
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    Interesting point. It was one bar a minute ago, now its 3. I had horrendous issues with the battery of my last phone as well. I'm wondering if I live a 'signal challenged' life. I'll have to pay attention. Thx.
     
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    I haven't read anywhere that the task killer is bad, but I have read that it may not be necessary. Have I missed something somewhere?

    I will say this, I typically run quite a few things at once, and when it seems the phone becomes bogged down the task killer seems to help.
     
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    I actually have random apps opening sometimes. When I set the ohone down it will happen. Random apps will open up and I just home screen out of them when I pick the phone back up
     
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    To All: I would recommend that everyone try to articulate their issues with a higher level of accuracy, as it seems that some of the replies just aren't getting to the point. While it is true about the OS, it isn't true about "not worrying" about the problem. It is a problem when the phone's native applications startup and use the GPS and run down the battery in no time. There is no reason for AT&T navigator to suddenly start running on the phone. It is also very true that this is an issue. If it weren't an issue, there wouldn't be so many people searching for answers. To pick up your phone and see new applications running (many of which are never used) that are causing constant communication using more data connect time and GPS, becomes a valid concern. I'm early in my search for a solution to this issue, but it appears that too often, there are posts that pass this off as a "non-issue". When I find the answer, I will return here and post my findings.
     
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    Well, that's an interesting first post. Thanks for your offer of posting your "findings" but we've been doing our own research on this for some time now.

    Applications running in the background are not really running like you were using them. They are sitting there at ready and not really using any of the battery. I never worry about the apps because Droid is smart enough to manage it's own system and will turn things on and off as it sees fit.

    Besides the post about not worrying about applications running in the background that someone mentioned and linked (I hope you read that) there is also a thread discussing why task killers are not necessary in the stickies in this area.

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-applications/65483-task-killers-answer-google-developers.html

    So I suggest you start your research with reading what others before you have already discovered. Then you'll understand why it isn't an issue, or something to worry about.
     
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