Intelligent task Killer?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Aidan Bell, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Aidan Bell

    Aidan Bell Well-Known Member
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    I'm looking for a task programme that's more than just a start-up monitor or a one-time tasks killer. I'm after something which constantly monitors what programs are opening and automatically kills those I don't need (for instance Maps, MP3 Store, Outlook Tasks, Settings, Touchdown, all of which, however many times I close them, seem to keep reopening). So I need something intelligent that will run in the background and close apps as necessary.
    Can anybody please recommend anything?
     

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  2. tricksy_rabbit

    tricksy_rabbit Active Member
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    This has been discussed to death and you can find many threads on it by searching, but in a nutshell - task killers don't work well with android. Android stores apps in memory so you can access them quickly, but they are not running and therefore not using any battery power. So, they don't need to be killed, just let them do their thing. Most people experience decreased battery life when they try to use a task killer because they are working against the android system, not with it.

    Check this article out for further explanation: http://http://www.droid-den.com/android-guides/android-guide-should-i-use-a-task-killer
     
  3. Aidan Bell

    Aidan Bell Well-Known Member
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    Many thanks for the info. I'm on the case!
    Cheers.
     
  4. BookLover

    BookLover Well-Known Member
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    Install Watchdog Lite. It monitors CPU usage for you and automatically alerts you to apps that are using too much CPU. Then *you* can supply the intelligence to either kill the app via Watchdog or let the app continue to run. (I've found some Music apps to occasionally trigger Watchdog alerts, but for the most part, I let them continue to run and eventually they go back to normal). There were a few apps that seemed to consistently use too much CPU imo, so I just uninstalled those as I figured they were more trouble than they were worth.
     
  5. jhalsey205

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    Check out AutoKiller Memory Optimizer or Auto Memory Manager. These apps tweak or tune Android's internal task settings. I have been using for almost a year now (spanning my droid1, droidx and now droid pro).

    These apps require root access.
     
  6. Aidan Bell

    Aidan Bell Well-Known Member
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    Thanks guys. Jhalsey205, I'm new to Android so root access is somewhere I don't want to go at the moment (especially while I'm still running v1.6, waiting for O2 to finally released the 2.2 update), but I've installed Watchdog Lite and indeed, you speak the truth BookLover!
    :)
     

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