Task Killer Apps...Good or Bad?

Discussion in 'Android Applications Discussions' started by hookbill, Jan 15, 2010.

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Task Killer Apps...Good or Bad?

Poll closed Jan 18, 2010.
  1. Yes, use them. They are beneficial.

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  2. No, don't use them. They cause problems.

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  3. I don't know Hook, I'm just as confused as you are.

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  1. 640k

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    so.... which one had more? maybe they're just identified differently? why would google try to hide anything?
     
  2. hookbill

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    Task Manager always shows a bunch of stuff running. Stuff I may not have even touched, like Corporate Calendar and Twidroid. What's interesting and many others have confirmed this is 10 minutes later 70% of the stuff you killed is running again. According to Task manager, that is.
     
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    This ^. Its way better than having another program running when we have one built in
     
  4. cereal killer

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    exactly what I do..using a 3rd party app to manage the system is asking for problems. Using the native one is a "safer" bet I believe.

    When I first got the device an ATK was one of the first things I installed. Caused 2 lock-ups. I was ONLY using it to shut down the Browser, Market and Maps.

    Ever since I uninstalled it I have not had the issue. I for one will never use one again.
     
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    Major difference

    Using ATK to kill ALL running tasks and then using the native process described above shows about 25 tasks still running.
    Must be some explanation?
     
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    Don't know about you but I go with what the native app is telling me not 3rd party.

    Whenever you add a 3rd party app or piece of software to an existing OS the probability for problems increases.

    Whether it works great for the next guy is irrelevant.

    There are countless threads around the net about people having problems with Weatherbug messing with their Droid while others have no issue with it.

    Same thing here. I'd rather have people err on the side of caution and not introduce a potential problem onto their device. Especially when there are MUCH better options as described by 640k
     
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    You can also see some of what you are using with ASTRO, in tools.
     
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    If it's gonna open on it's own anyway... doesn't this make the use of a Task Killer pointless? The native OS has a task manager built in to assist if the device gets hung up.
    The OS also handles is resources well, calling upon certain apps when needed and re-claiming the memory allocated to them when needed by a different app.
     
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    i have atk but rarely use it. when i do use it i also select it as one of the applications to close when i press the end button. that way it closes the other apps i selected and it shuts itself down completely.

    i don't ever leave it running in the background...
     
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    I use Advanced Task Manager. I exclude all native apps and just use it to kill 3rd party apps since some of them are written poorly and consume too many Droid resources. I don't see any harm doing that. FYI, has anyone else noticed that Verizon took ATK off the V- Cast list in the market? Is this an acknowledgment that task killers aren't needed or unwise to use?
     
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    Don't know if it was a coincidence or not, but when I had ATK installed, my phone shut off on me without me even knowing. When I checked it I saw it was dead, and couldn't turn it on without popping the battery out and back in. Uninstalled it and it never happened again.

    The OS doesn't need a task killer, it natively manages tasks and memory allocation quite nicely.
     
  12. hookbill

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    Your not the only one to say that, I've seen that on several threads.

    Interesting how opinion seems so deeply divided on these apps. Even though the poll is showing a slight advantage for downloading, it would appear to me that the arguments against using a task killer app are more compelling.
     
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