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Suedo Solution for Background Tasks

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by CrashRhin0, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. CrashRhin0

    CrashRhin0 Member
    Thread Starter

    Oct 30, 2009
    (I do realize that this is a double post, but putting it out there for the European Users that don't check the Sprint HTC Hero board)

    As most of you already know, the HTC Hero is extremely customizable, however, it tends to run things in background that sometimes gunk up the system processes and available RAM. I've spent the last few days looking for apps on the Android market to solve this, and the best I had found was Advanced Task Killer and TasKiller. Both require manual operation to kill things like 'Messages', 'Sprint Navigation', 'IM', 'Voice Dialer' and many of the other applications that launch with boot or for some reason launch on their own.

    Last night I found one that is free, automated, lightweight and has tons of features!

    It's called TaskPanel.

    TaskPanel allows you to set rules, through Auto-Killer. You have an Ignore List and a Wanted List.

    Setting things like HTC Sense and Touch input (along with a few others) to the Ignore list is just fine for most app killing programs, but then this has a Wanted List.

    The Wanted List allows you to tag a currently running process or app (sugestion is to install it and power cycle your phone to get everything that runs at startup listed) and when criteria is met, TaskPanel kills the Wanted List apps.

    TaskPanel has an automated timer that has a few options' 5 minute intervals, 15 minute internals, 30 minute intervals, and 60 minute intervals. As well as only killing the wanted list when ram hits: Less than 70 MB, Less than 50 MG, and Less than 30 MB.

    You can also register it as an ongoing task and startup item, so if you have to power cycle or your phone dies, once it reboots, TaskPanel comes back, with the same lists, and options saved and cleans out the pesky programs you don't want running.

    This is by far the best solution I have found to the issue of automatically killing background tasks, all for free.

    Let me know what everyone else thinks!

    --Running Rhino

    *On a side note, I spoke with Sprint Tech support last night, about the removal of Sprint Nascar coverage and other default installed apps. Apparently it's a current issue with Android (I spoke with a tech that has the HTC Hero) as their blackberry users can uninstall and delete those particular programs. They think the Android community is working on a way to uninstall or hide these applications and HTC is working on an update to help customize startup Apps as well as background tasks*


  2. trick202

    trick202 Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Sounds like a great app.

    Hopefully my next task killer update will have some of these features........
  3. JoeC

    JoeC Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2009
    San Diego, CA, USA
    I tried that application over a month ago, and thought it would be an ideal app. However, to my dismay, that particular app was responsible for depleting the battery charge over 50% overnight. In fact, the phone was off by morning, and completely drained.

    I quickly uninstalled that app and have been using TasKiller ever since. The problem I see with an app. monitoring others is that it takes resources itself, and that ends up to be self-defeating.

    Now maybe the situation has improved with this application since I last tried it, but my experience was not good.
  4. Quazar

    Quazar Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    I haven't experienced any battery problems with having taskpanel, infact it improved it as it removed apps running in the background. I'm still not sure if I should use a task manager though!

    EDIT: Btw, My phone was running really slow today til I reinstalled taskpanel, I reccomend it!

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