Task Killers... The Answer from Google & Developers.

Discussion in 'Android Applications Discussions' started by Martin030908, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. sponsellerfd

    sponsellerfd New Member

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    I understand that the OS handles memory resources and I know that it does not affect battery life. BUT, the droid does become quite sluggish because the OS continue to open skype, and et. al. Leaving 21-28 mb memory free. It slows down the responsiveness of the unit drastically.
    When I do an "all kill", the droid processes I am running becomes faster.
    Really, Droid should absolutely allow us to dismantle skype, city-id, etc at our choosing. It is constantly bogging my LG Ally to the point of extreme ftustration.
    Thanks for letting me vent and express my perspective and experience. I hope that the developer will allow this option to occur.
     
  2. Droid DOES!!

    Droid DOES!! What iDoesn't Theme Developer Premium Member

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    Doesn't take much to make a 400MHz processor feel "sluggish". Do you use your back button to exit apps or the home button? How often do you turn the phone off?



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    Glad to see this thread, thanks for the info, i've noticed with all
    the rooting going on and associated problems that a good understanding
    of what you're working with is important:icon_eek:
    On a related note, i had a question about the new d2g i bought- it had a
    widget on the homescreen that showed like 6 different tips and tricks...
    well, after about a week of reading them, i dragged the little green
    fellow to the can. The widget told me itself i could do this. did i goof in
    any way? what about under the "running apps' or "system" where it shows
    this widget to still be on my phone? should i do anything about this?
    thx for any info,

    r, john
     
  4. Droid DOES!!

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    The widget itself is a system app, you just removed it from your screen. It won't run but is there if you want to put it back. If for some reason it shows up in Settings > Applications > Running Services (touch to stop) or Manage Applications > Running, you can do a force stop.
    You didn't do anything wrong though :)
     
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    That was my take on it, seemed to me to be a waste of a widget just for
    6 little notes, and right in the big middle of the home screen, but anyway,
    i'm still learning, and thanks for the info,

    r, john
     
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    Droid DOES!! What iDoesn't Theme Developer Premium Member

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    Any time! That's why we're here! :)
     
  7. MarkPhlipy

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    Wow

    I'm glad you have this thread, I only wish I'd seen it about 2 weeks ago, and certainly before the Verizon Wireless salesman put the app killer on my phone when I bought it. The way he explained it is exactly what you all are saying is unnecessary...that supposedly all these apps keep running in the background and kill the battery, slow down the device, etc. etc. This from a "knowledgable" Verizon salesman. Now I'm wondering if all the problems I'm having with widgets failing and e-mail not syncing have something to do with this app killer.

    Guess I'm fixin' to put THAT widget away now!

    Thanks again folks, from a true Droid Newb.
     
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    Yeah, I get on my coworkers all the time about installing them on people's phones when they're not needed but, everybody has this Windows mentality going on. Remember to reboot after you uninstall the app and ALWAYS use your back button instead of your home button to exit apps.



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  9. MarkPhlipy

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    Thanks for the QUICK reply! Wow! Should've come here before the Verizon or Moto forums!

    Okay, so is that a hard reboot then? I'll lose all my apps and such though, with Droid 2 Global I've not found a true back-up service (other than contacts and SMS which is fairly useless).

    Next question is, will that solve my Moto widget problems? Since New Year's Eve, my "social networking" and News widgets don't update any more. When I try to add a feed it gives me an error message "Try again later" and when I try to delete and re-add the Facebook account it gives me a "network unavailable" error. Could this all be related to the darn app killer "Advanced Task Killer?"

    Thanks again for the quick update!
    M*
     
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    To reboot the phone, long press the power button. You should get a menu to power it off. Just do so and power back on when complete. As for backups, depending on sync settings, some of your items are saved in Google's cloud. I usually see MyBackupPro suggested for those who haven't rooted yet too.

    The various problems you're having could be related to the task killer. Try running the phone for awhile with it disabled (don't even let it autokill) and see if things improve.

    Yeah, yeah.. I'm on my phone. So?
     
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    Task Killer

    Hi everyone! I'm confused...lol. At first everywhere I went people said get one. The guy at the Verizon store told me to get one. So I did! Now I see people saying NOT to get one. Why? What changed?

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    Ah dude if you search there are a few HUGE threads about this and everyone including Google says they suck.

    Nothing changed, it's the difference between someone that knows what they are talking about and someone that does not. Android handles memory management just fine, task killers actually just cause problems.
     
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    Android has its own native task manager that works just fine. Using anything else will get in the way and basically be a waste of energy and resources anyway as Android will start tasks back up in the background almost immediately. Just use the back button to exit programs and let Andy do the rest.

    tappin and a talkin
     
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    I don't use Task Killer but I use Auto Killer. Its similar but not same. Auto Killer helps manage RAM.
     
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    All task killers claim to manage ram so im pretty sure auto killer is in fact a task killer.

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