Support What is this Icon that looks like a Satelite dish?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by madogblue, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. madogblue

    madogblue Member
    15

    Jun 29, 2010
    11
    0
    15
    Hi;

    I have notived a new Icon that seems to pop up every thirty seconds or so, It lis located to the left of the GPS Icon and it looks like the side view of a satelite dish at a forty five degree angle with three flashing green semi circle "signals" coming out of it? What the heck is this.

    When I go to advanced task killer and kill absolutely everything it still comes up?? :thinking:
     

    Advertisement
  2. madogblue

    madogblue Member
    15

    Jun 29, 2010
    11
    0
    15
    SO I stopped advance task killer and started it again and what do you know there were all sorts of things running that it didn't show me before, what is up with that???

    Come to find out it was my weather bug elite that was running in he background and updating all the time

    Is this the best task killer to use???
     
  3. c_aus

    c_aus Well-Known Member
    48

    Mar 25, 2010
    249
    14
    48
    Indianapolis
    It's the GPS icon.
     
  4. Outatime

    Outatime Well-Known Member
    Contributor
    233

    Mar 6, 2010
    1,618
    651
    233
    Male
    Fed
    A big part of the problem could be that you're using a task killer.
     
    Skipdawg likes this.
  5. Excedio

    Excedio Well-Known Member
    53

    May 28, 2010
    295
    44
    53
    Palm Harbor, FL
    Remove this. It's doing you more harm than good.

    EDIT: Oh and that's your GPS icon.
     
  6. Rdjr74

    Rdjr74 Well-Known Member
    78

    Mar 31, 2010
    725
    82
    78
    Cincy
    I use advanced task manager(paid the 99 cents) and manually kill apps when I feel it necessary.

    Yeah it sounds like it's GPS.
     
  7. dguy

    dguy Well-Known Member
    113

    Jun 9, 2010
    985
    277
    113
    Male
    This.
     
  8. ajiamarie

    ajiamarie Well-Known Member
    48

    May 24, 2010
    106
    22
    48
    NJ
    Task Killer (of any kind) is not necessary on on any of these phones. The phone will automatically end programs it doesn't need. It will do more harm than good.
     
    Skipdawg likes this.
  9. Excedio

    Excedio Well-Known Member
    53

    May 28, 2010
    295
    44
    53
    Palm Harbor, FL
    I hate to tell you this, but you just threw away $.99, luckily only $.99 though.
     
  10. necosino

    necosino Well-Known Member
    163

    Apr 14, 2010
    1,962
    338
    163
    Accountant and semi-pro poker player
    Upstate NY
    What is happening is an app is loading to update your location (could be google Latitude, a weather app, or other such program that updates your location (precise) every so often) However, before it can lock and update, your task killer kills it. So then a few seconds later, it loads back up to update your location again, and the cycle continues.
     
  11. TheDanishDanger

    TheDanishDanger Well-Known Member
    18

    Apr 8, 2010
    85
    10
    18
    gps, and as get rid of the task manager. Why those are still in the market I have no idea . . .
     
  12. callmeox

    callmeox Well-Known Member
    113

    Apr 8, 2010
    535
    317
    113
    Paid geek
    NE Ahia
    Blame Verizon for the widespread misuse of the task killers. When I called to complain about battery life issues, they recommended ATK. A week or so ago I got an email from VZW with tips and tricks for the INC and one was to install and run ATK.

    Some believe the forums and some listen to support. It's a shame that Verizon is perpetuating the myth that a task killer is a useful everyday tool for these phones.
     
  13. poland626

    poland626 Well-Known Member
    38

    May 23, 2010
    169
    13
    38
    Student
    New Jersey
    I don't see how it's not useful. Can someone explain? Like, after 5-10 min of use, at least 20 apps are open when I only opened Pandora and the Internet. Using ATK closes the one's i don't need in like, a second.....
     
  14. jbuck1984

    jbuck1984 Well-Known Member
    43

    Apr 25, 2010
    422
    39
    43
    It's not GPS, that is a different ICON, I have the same one it looks like a target. The gps is a half circle with 3 lines coming out of it. I do think someone was right regarding location cause its the same Icon you see within google maps when you hit locate me. If you turn off your location completely it should go away.

    Anyone know if this has much affect on the battery?

    OH and get rid of task killer, eat the 99 cents. If you need a worthy program that includes a task killer check out system panel app. I rarely use it for any task killing unless I'm ananalyzing app usage.
     
  15. necosino

    necosino Well-Known Member
    163

    Apr 14, 2010
    1,962
    338
    163
    Accountant and semi-pro poker player
    Upstate NY
    The target icon represents e-911. It will always be there, even if you disable location.

    The GPS doesn't use any battery when it is enabled but not in use. The only time it uses your battery is when you see the dish icon with the green lines emanating from it. In this case, if on for more than 30 seconds, it will use up a lot of juice, I'd say maybe 2hrs at best with the stock battery at full charge.
     
  16. syrne

    syrne Active Member
    18

    Jun 7, 2010
    38
    11
    18
    It means your GPS is transmitting. The crosshair symbol is "location" if it has lines next to it it is on, if it is just a crosshair it is off.
     
  17. nvrfgt343

    nvrfgt343 Well-Known Member
    16

    Jun 4, 2010
    75
    3
    16
    Male
    Long Island, NY
    OK, what's the icon to the left to the location setting that kind of looks like a kidney bean with waves coming out of it. It doesn't look like the speakerphone icon shown in the manual...did they change it?
     
  18. JuniorNA

    JuniorNA Well-Known Member
    53

    May 3, 2010
    288
    50
    53
    IT/Networking
    Nowhere NEAR Cupertino...North NJ
    read above, to the left of that location icon is your GPS icon, its telling you it's tracking satellites. It's a side view of a dish with 3 lines NOT the same as the cross hair with 3 lines.
     
  19. kborer22

    kborer22 Well-Known Member
    16

    Jun 9, 2010
    63
    4
    16
    If you are using the "kill all" function, then you are basically restarting your phone every time use it. All of the things that normally run like syncing emails and contacts, "preparing sd card" for use, and other basic operations of the phone are restarted every time you do that.

    If you are killing certain applications that you find "opening on their own" after "20 min" then chances are they have permission to be open, such as an RSS feed program. So you are fighting a losing battle, the program will keep re-opening and you will keep killing it. Just an endless cycle resulting in wasted battery, not to mention the task killer program running all the time...
     
  20. necosino

    necosino Well-Known Member
    163

    Apr 14, 2010
    1,962
    338
    163
    Accountant and semi-pro poker player
    Upstate NY
    ;-)
     
  21. callmeox

    callmeox Well-Known Member
    113

    Apr 8, 2010
    535
    317
    113
    Paid geek
    NE Ahia
    This has been covered ad nauseum in other threads, so I will give you the short version and you can research further if you wish.

    Android processes can be placed in the background where their CPU cost is zero. The operating system is smart enough to manage this without help from an external program.

    Killing idle processes will cause the OS to start them up again and this cycle will consume more CPU and power than leaving them alone in the first place.

    Android is a "real" operating system. Let it do its thing.
     
  22. rapidsandroid

    rapidsandroid Well-Known Member
    43

    Jun 19, 2010
    402
    27
    43
    Seeking employment
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Pages 25-26 of the User Guide has all of the icons and their meanings.
     

    Attached Files:

  23. necosino

    necosino Well-Known Member
    163

    Apr 14, 2010
    1,962
    338
    163
    Accountant and semi-pro poker player
    Upstate NY
    Thanks rapid, but that's definitely not all of them. Someone had compiled them somewhere but I'm too damn busy to search for ya ;)
     
  24. madogblue

    madogblue Member
    15

    Jun 29, 2010
    11
    0
    15
    OK, so I got rid of the task killer and got the control panel app which is simply awesome for monitoring and gather data so I will base my actions on facts and not rumours. I will let the phone do its thing for a wile and gauge the battery life.

    To end the discussion about what the Icon is, NO its no the standard GPS bullseye, it is the weatherbug elite getting and update on my location (by gps). :D
     
  25. woop

    woop novacane (OFWGKTA)
    VIP Member
    323

    Its the hearing aid icon.
     
    nvrfgt343 likes this.

Share This Page

Loading...