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do applications ever really "close"?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by moveright, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. moveright

    moveright Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Sep 10, 2010
    Brand new to droid land, and was wondering...

    yesterday I got a droid 2. from playing with it all day, at the end of the day, it seemed overly sluggish. so, I was wondering ,when I am in an application like the browser, to exit it, I just tap the hooked arrow key on the phone, guess it's like a back button. anyhow, I just tap that until I get back to the home screen. so, if I do that for every application I run, does that mean at the days end, I've got however many apps running in the background?


  2. w_bovine

    w_bovine Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2010
    Apps in Android may appear to be "running" in that if you look in a task manager of some sort they'll be listed as active, but that doesn't always mean those apps are actually using resources. Android was written in such a way that apps can be open, as it were, yet sit there dormant until called upon to do something.

    If your phone is sluggish, perhaps it's time to reboot. I seem to remember seeing someone mention that the manual for one of the Droids says to reboot the phone once a day. Is this true of your Droid? I'm curious about that.

    Something to remember as well, if you have many widgets running, or apps that poll for updates (weather app, email etc.) this can put a load on the system.

    In case you're wondering about task killers, take a look at this oft referred to article:

    Droid Den - Android Guide: Should I Use a Task Killer - Droid Den
  3. thedrizl

    thedrizl Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2010
    Warrenton, VA
    i had a blackberry before my lg ally, and i used to leave it on all the time. i tried that when i first got the ally, and it got really sluggish after a couple of days. started doing a daily reboot and haven't had a problem since.
  4. hd2-droid

    hd2-droid Member

    Sep 11, 2010
    I assume if the developers don't build the app right they can cause your phone to run slow. I've had that problem with apps on almost all phones (iphone, windows, etc).

    What I do is reboot my phone every few days. That helps.

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