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Old November 1st, 2008, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default do programs keep running in background? how to stop all.

like in windows mobile , and even on windows in general.. if u exit out of programs (for the android on many apps etc. u just gotta hit the back button, not knowing if the program is still running or not) sometimes they keep running and u can go to your task manager or whatever and stop all programs.. thus keeping the processing speed of your machine smooth and on point. whats the story with android based machines? i like my stuff running the best of its ability so this seemed to be a pretty proper qustion for this forum.

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Old November 1st, 2008, 07:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The way the Android OS handles programs is pretty neat.

When you leave a program it records its state. Such as, what it was doing, if you typed anything, and even where you were at.

It then keeps this in active memory until another active program comes along and needs the memory/processor. At that point Android automatically shuts down the furthest from use program.

When you go back to that program it starts again, loads the save state and it looks like it never shut down, even though it may have.

Heres a video that shows how that works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL6gSd4ugSI
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The knowlage can be taken from here - your "back" button is actually the "close application" button
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for what it's worth, i noticed when i power cycle the phone it clears the "app memory," not that you would want to do that often anyway.
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Drustvold, that was a Very VVVVERRY good video that answers the exact question i had, thank you for finding this video and thanks Dimath and OnTheFence as well for their input as well.

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second that, thanks!
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Yea 2 min into it my question was asnwered ... we no want resouce hogg lol
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Thanks drustvold... that was good info... and something that has been bugging me since I got my G1. It's interesting to see how Android handles that.
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for what it's worth, i noticed when i power cycle the phone it clears the "app memory," not that you would want to do that often anyway.
I shut mine off once a day, usually while I'm eating, and turn it back afterwards.

I think it helps.
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i switched from an iphone to the g1 and i love the g1's multi tasking capabilities, Cant wait for the next android devices..
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Default gesture to show the running apps?

Just got an Incredible...

Is there a gesture to bring up the list of running apps from which I can select the one I want or is it always required to touch Home then run the app?
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To see the running aps, press and hold the home key/button. (Do you still say 'press' when it is a touch screen??? - how about ... touch and hold on the home icon.
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