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

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    Ozzie the only way this has become clear to me was installing system panel. This app shows you each app and the cpu power it uses or doesn't use. Android closes apps as it needs to so their is no real need to kill them.
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    I agree.
    And even if you *felt the need to kill it
    AutoKiller has the ability to kill.
    I have used the kill feature when Pandora didn't want to play nice.
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    Thanks guys...I'm gonna try and let it work it's way, but it's so hard not to kill...appreciate the response.
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    Hi guys. Just recently got the Droid. I use the Advanced Task Killer to kill apps that run in the background that are annoyance. These apps run without me even touching them, having never touched them, and will never touch them. These apps are: MP3 Store, Corporate Calendar, Voice Dialer, Car Home and Voice Search. I have it set up so it won't kill Gmail, Facebook and Messaging as that is mainly what i use my phone for. It also seems that Weatherbug runs in the background every 30 min or so even though I rarely use it and have all the preferences turned off that enables updates.

    Any help would be appreciated. Should I continue to run that task killer when these random Apps start up? Is there a way to get rid of Mp3 store and corporate calendar off my phone because i will never use it? Thanks!
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    Personally I wouldn't use a task manager.
    If you are rooted (hopefully you are) AutoKiller or minfree are both
    awesome apps. You can delete the MP3 Amazon app easily if you're rooted. Rename the apk extension to .bak, then restart (although you don't have to) App gone.

    Other apps like Corporate calendar may be tied to the regular calendar
    which is why it pops up. It doesn't mean its actually running or consuming
    valuable space.


    Btw, if you never had that task killer you'd never really know those apps were
    there, right?:)
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    I found AutoKiller to be worthless.

    JohnnyDepth, read the opening post for the real story about task killers.
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    Another option is to ignore the apps and uninstall the task killer...works fine this way as the apps are simply sitting idly in memory.

    At least 2 sides to every issue!
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    Um, you do know that Autokiller isn't a task killer right?
    However, I will read over the opening post, and maybe I missed the memo, lol!

    To my understanding Autokiller adds advanced management the native Android OS
    already handles. Using Autokiller has made my phone the most snappiest its ever been.

    Launcher pro has never had a redraw, and in fact the only issue I have is
    with Launcher Pro Plus itself, in that when it landscrape with the keyboard out (from typing a message)
    then hitting the home button first the widgets take 2 seconds to switch, but I haven't had a redraw
    in ages.
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    of course that goes without saying : ) you can use the native task killer though if need be.

    I'm talking about users who have to use one on a daily basis because there phone lags, hangs and sputters along.

    Get rid of the bunk app(s) that are causing the issues. They don't belong on the device.
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    what "bunk apps" are you talking about cereal killer?
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    whatever app(s) is causing the poor performance.
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    I'm well aware of what AutoKiller is. I found it to be ineffective. It suppose to assist in the handling of task managing thus saving battery. It didn't do any of that for me.

    All I can do is share my experience.
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    Right, right. I do use the native task killer every once in a while. We're in agreement then.

    So the statement I support is:

    Most people should not use an automated task killer and they should not kill tasks manually because the OS will handle it. If a crappy app constantly needs killing, uninstall it and contact the dev. On occasion, it may be necessary to do a Windows-style Ctrl+Alt+Del via phone settings > applications (or using a manual task viewer app) although rebooting should also do the trick. Power users may be able to tweak the OS in certain ways, but experimentation is the key because stock Android does a good job managing memory. Try it out without messing with it to compare.
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    I agree aminaked...installing taskkillers on an Android device is like installing a pacemaker, breathing apparatus and feeding tube onto a perfectly healthy human being.

    I'm on a horse........
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    OK, I just got that. Your custom rooted OS gives you super powers.
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    When I was at my Verizon store, we complained about battery life. The person conducting a workshop asked if we had Task Manager installed. She enthusiastically proclaimed that she uses it a couple times a day to shut down apps and increase battery life. We downloaded it and have used it and I have to say I did notice an improvement in battery life. Now I read on this forum that what I am doing is not good!

    Why did the so-called Verizon Droid expert recommend it if it's not a good idea? Should I leave it installed to kill unresponsive apps, even though I have not experienced an unresponsive app? Am I imagining the improved battery life? Is what I'm doing really going to damage the operating system or apps?
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    Verizon pushes the Task Killers because they don't know any better :)

    bobpaszko.... give your Droid a few days without a task killer and make the decision for yourself :)
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    The Verizon store employees are most often not Droid experts, including the techs. I have had better luck with them over the phone in that regard.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    Thanks. I'm laying off the Task Killer!
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    Advanced Task Killer

    I downloaded the app ATK and i have a few questions. What apps should i ignore? And when on auto kill what level should the auto kill be on? Safe, aggresive or crazy? And also how frequently should it auto kill? half hour, 1 hour, 4 hours? Any more tips or advice you can give me please do.dancedroid
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