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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Online Gamer, May 29, 2011.

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    Is it good or bad for phone? I have heard that it harms battery and even slows down phone. But it is so usefull. Should I use it on my htc incredible s?
     

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    Avoid it.
     
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    DONT use it. It causes more harm than good.
     
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    There have been a million discussions about this in Android Forums over the years ... almost a religious issue for some folks.

    My opinion: task killers are not a good idea at all, especially with newer versions of the Android OS. ATK and other apps in its class are to be avoided like the plague.
     
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    Task killers will not harm your phone as in causing irreparable damage what they will do is decrease life and drain battery if you use their auto kill features. That's because when you or the task killer kills an app that uses a running service the app is just going to reload itself, shortly thereafter the killer will kill it, the app reloads, etc etc your os ends up in an endless loop killing and restarting keeping your cpu working whereas if everything was just left alone it could be at rest w/ apps either cached or running idle.

    A task killer can be useful for manually killing an errant app but that functionality is built right into the os's settings so really why have an app installed when you don't need one?
     
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    The auto-kill is off by default, so what's the big deal?
     
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    but is it ok if it only auto kills when the screen goes off? some apps especially the browser uses a lot of battery and when the screen turns off ATK kills it and saves battery?
     
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    Absolutely not. Read up on task killers, there are tons of threads on here about them. Android works by keeping its ram full of apps. Those apps are NOT running, just cached. When you kill those apps, no matter how often, android sees that open ram, and will load all of those apps back into cache. Thus making the phone and battery work more than if you just leave it alone. Not to mention problems caused when killing things like the alarm clock and messaging programs.

    Again, the browser is ONLY running when it is in the foreground, i.e. you are actually browsing. If you are on a site streaming a video or audio, then the browser will keep running in the background. Otherwise its NOT running. ANd again, killing apps causes the phone to use MORE battery, not less.
     
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    Disabled the auto kill feature. thanks
     

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