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best task killer/manager/switcher ?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by dan55, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    hi all,

    just got my desire and shop said to install advance task killer

    trying that but wont install :/

    are there better ones ?


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  2. razer

    razer Newbie

    I like Juice Defender and Ultimate Juice.
  3. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert

  4. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    oh? but dont you get lots of apps running in the bg all the time ?
  5. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    Not all apps are constantly running on your phone, if you are not using the app, it becomes inactive and only sits there until you need it and it'll resume again. If you are low on memory, the Android OS will check to see which inactive tasks have not been used by the user and end them for newer tasks. You shouldn't really use a task killer unless an app is really poorly written and continues running even when you're not using it.

    I would recommend you use systempanel, great app to monitor your active/inactive apps: http://androidforums.com/android-ap...task-killer-people-who-hate-task-killers.html
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  6. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    cool - thanks Roze - will check that out
  7. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Won't install :( just goes on for ages but doesn't download.
    The other task app I tried did the same.

    User error? :)
  8. Hevroth

    Hevroth Newbie

    The only thing I don't like about system panel is that sometimes it inaccurately represents which tasks are inactive. For example I was running 3 (cubed) - actively listening to music and it was in the notification area, yet still showed up as an inactive process in systempanel. (although showing that it was using a portion of the processor!)
  9. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    loaded finally - cheers
  10. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead

    The back button is the best task killer out there.
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  11. srmccoy

    srmccoy Well-Known Member

    I hate it when store salespeople give out misleading and incorrect information. Task Killers are completely unnecessary, and anyone who says otherwise is really ignorant of how Android works. Problem is, not everyone has the initiative or knowledge to ask other people who may be better informed. Very few store salespeople has any real knowledge on the products they sell, other than what corporate trains them to say.
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  12. kgreendenver

    kgreendenver Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys for the education on Task Killers guys, i was searching for the best Task killers and then found this thread.
  13. BookLover

    BookLover Android Expert

    Watchdog Lite is good at notifying you of apps using too much CPU. You can kill the app or ignore the alert at your discretion.

    I also like using Task Switcher as well. Makes it easy to switch between active apps.
  14. Roze

    Roze Hiding behind a mystery

    Only if the dev codes that pressing the back button to end the app, otherwise, it'll still be 'running in the background'.

    Interesting, I'll need to test that out. hmm...I only see 'active applications' and 'system process'. I usually think that the inactive apps are the ones that are in active but have CPU= 0. Is this what you meant?

    @OP, if you have Android 2.2 on your phone, it comes with its own task killer. So if you need to kill a task/process, you can simply use that.
  15. takeshi

    takeshi Android Expert

    Never blindly follow what store reps tell you. You can easily get conflicting info if you ask different reps for one thing. Make sure you at least corroborate with discussion forums.

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