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"App killer"

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by michelle2275, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. michelle2275

    michelle2275 Member
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    The guy at verizon said I should get the app that is a one touch to close all apps. He said it would help the battery last longer. Can anyone help me on what this app is called or which one to use?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member
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    I suppose you mean TasKiller, or one of the many apps like it. :)
     
  3. A.C.Sanchez

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    Read this before you install TaskKiller or Advanced Task Killer or anything else:

    PLEASE READ: Do NOT worry about Apps running in the Background - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum

    Disclaimer: I do not use a task killing app, and I have zero complaints.
     
  4. Carl C

    Carl C Well-Known Member
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    I use to use an task killer but I have found my phone works perfectly fine without one. No complaints here [​IMG]
     
  5. starfarer

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    Gone through that whole thread and still unsure. The opinions on using/not using ATK are divided.

    There are basically 3 types of apps AFAIK:
    1)Just in memory and not consuming CPU
    2)Using CPU actively
    3)background services

    I'm still yet to understand (3) types. Probably very similar to "services" in Windows computers. I know there are probably good numbers of services that I don't need to run but searching net for few days now without any success.

    I never bothered with types (1). If you can confirm that after pressing "back" (exit), they just stay only in memory and not using CPU, then can totally ignore.

    Concerned with types (2). On my Hero 2 things always seems to be using CPU- Calender and Settings. If I open settings page and "back" to home, it just continue to use CPU.

    For calender I can understand that I've widget on home screen and others like Alarm, mails , messages, call logs etc probably need it to run but settings? Once you done with setting up your phone why continue to use CPU power?

    Using TaskKiller. Definitely need a guide about services and what they do. What can be safely disabled depending on user preferences and which are essentials. As for external apps that user downloaded and using, just a matter of taste.

    As for example when I run Dolphin browser and back to home page, it stays as background service. Re-pening is instant but even if I close it, it only takes another about 5 seconds to start browsing. I can live with that delay unless someone can clearly explain with benchmarks that freeing up extra RAM is not worth. At the moment though, I don't see a need to keep browser as background service.
     
  6. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?
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    Calendar and Settings will just restart themselves IIRC. No point in killing those two, they are really just part of the system and using next to no resources at all.
     
  7. hrbib21

    hrbib21 Well-Known Member
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    There's absolutely no question that using ATK makes my system run smoothly. Without it's slower than dirt.

    Tryy it. There's nothing to think about really as you can always uninstall.
     

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