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

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  1. aminaked

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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........
     
  3. aminaked

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    OK, I just got that. Your custom rooted OS gives you super powers.
     
  4. bobpaszko

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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?
     
  5. Martin030908

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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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    I only kill ones that I start manually, not ones that auto start themselves. I use agressive, and have it kill when the screen shuts off, that way its not killing something i might want in the background.
     
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    Same here, I only kill apps like the browser and such that do not always shut off. I keep some of my widgets on my ignore list so I don't lose say weather updates and such.

    I do not auto kill anything and rarely do I have to manually kill anything.
     
  12. aminaked

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    There's no need to kill stuff sitting idly in memory. It isn't using CPU/battery. Android keeps stuff in memory so it's available quickly when you need it.

    However, if the browser is set to a page that reloads or tracks you with GPS (the google home page) then it would be best to close out those pages...but there's no need to kill the process.

    Treat the symptom: kill tasks
    Treat the cause: close the browser window that's causing the issue

    Treat the symptom: kill tasks
    Treat the cause: uninstall problem apps and contact the dev
     
    #84 aminaked, Aug 20, 2010
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