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How often do you run Advanced Task Killer when you use your phone?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Zerg, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Zerg

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    How often do you run Advanced Task Killer when you use your phone? And why don't they just make android where you can just exit an application and not need to run ATK?
     

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  2. sitlet

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    Please do a search on this. It has been talked about MANY times.

    Android does not need a task killer. You may see a lot of programs in the background, but unlike windows, these programs are NOT running at all, and NOT using any battery. Android itself likes to keep the memory full, and use it to its full potential. By using a task killer, and killing apps, you are disrupting the way Android likes to work. When you kill an app, Android sees free memory, and will just open that app back up, therefore using more battery then if you had just left it alone. If you notice, when you kill apps with a task killer, a few minutes later they are all open again. So stop using a task killer, its one of the BIG misconceptions with android.
     
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  5. Zerg

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    Wow thank you guys so much! What a scam that application is.
     
  6. Interesting! Thank you so much for bringing this up. The day after I bought my phone I stopped at a T-Mobile location to find out if it was normal for my battery to be used up so quickly. The guy said yes, but showed me to use this app and I've been using it randomly ever since! Deleting it now. Thank you!
     
  7. Elisheba

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    I unistalled the ATK too.
    Thanks for the advice.
     
  8. gcobb

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    I see no need to run a third party app that does what you can already do. Apps are open at times, but many of them open because another app requires info from them. It doesn't mean they're using much CPU time or memory.

    I also am careful of what apps I install since I don't want everything in the world running and killing my battery.
     
  9. dansingingfool

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    Very interesting. I too was told by the sales associate that I need this to help with my battery usage. He put it on my phone about a week after I got it. Now, for some reason it has seemed to help with the battery lasting longer. Am I imagining things, or what else may be the cause?
     
  10. Kumimono

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    Batteries, IIRC, need a bit time to reach their full potential.

    I'd love to see some tests on various apps, for example, music players, how much current they use while in use. Is Mortplayer more battery efficient than Winamp, for example.
     
  11. rkkeller

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    I dont know if I totally agree its not needed and it really depends on "your" use.

    I was trying to run Raging Thunder 2 on my EVO and it was a little clunky. I went in with a task killer app and used it to almost double the amount free it gave, then the game worked great.

    I also had this happen when trying to record HD video. It would lag every 10-15 seconds for a tiny tiny bit. I freed up some stuff and it was fine.
     
  12. LaTuFu

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    Whether or not you agree it is needed, the fact remains that using the app overrides the way the OS is designed to operate.

    I may not agree with the position "driving and texting at the same time is dangerous" because I've never had an accident doing it. That does not change the fact that it is dangerous.
     
  13. rkkeller

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    Maybe true but I gave real world examples of how using it made my EVO run better.

    So again I DO NOT TOTALLY AGREE with that article and IN MY OPINION it can help.
     
  14. takeshi

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    I don't even have it installed.

    It's not a scam. Task killing has its place but it has been grossly misused by ignorant newbies and pushed by clueless Verizon reps (and others) as a panacea.

    Task killers are not the way to address battery issues. If a misbehaving app is chewing up your battery and the task killer is used to kill the app then it may help with battery life but you should really be reading up on the battery life strategy threads to directly determine what is chewing up your battery and directly address the issue rather than randomly killing apps to improve battery life.

    Again, sure it can help but, as in my battery comment you really should investigate what is specifically causing your performance issues (is it actually due to lack of memory or due to CPU usage or something else?) and addressing the cause. Task killers can only treat the symptom, not the actual cause. If you need to kill an app then there's something wrong with the app.

    Technically, it "shouldn't be needed" but what's on paper and the real world aren't always in line with each other. If you're stuck using problem apps then you're going to be stuck with task killing as well.

    What you're really seeing is the backlash to the initial thoughtless pushing of task killers. Things have probably swung a little too far in the other direction but I think the intent is to keep it simple for the newbies. Those that have the initiative to dig further for more details can sort things out for themselves without needing threads like this.
     
  15. tamivroma

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    On my Fantasic it came with an App killer - I was told it wasn't a good idea to use the others and the app that came shows all the processes that are open and gives me a way to quit them. Good enough for me!
     

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