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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by thecrock0984, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. thecrock0984

    thecrock0984 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Who uses an ATK? Is it helpful? I got it downloaded because seems like Apps always find a way to run in the background. Anyone know if it makes a diffrence to have ATK? Thanks guys!
     



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  2. TheXFactor

    TheXFactor Android Enthusiast

    I ran a TK when I had the POS Eris because, well, it had like crap for memory. Now, with the X and the Incredible, I do not and have not.
     
  3. esn

    esn Android Enthusiast

    I use my task killer and task manger several times a day it makes my X run smother IMO. I have a ignore list for both of them as not to kill needed items I need running.
     
  4. TheXFactor

    TheXFactor Android Enthusiast

    Smother or smoother? Mine definitely runs smoother without one.
     
  5. jbhumph

    jbhumph Android Enthusiast

    To many, this decision is either black or white. There are those on this forum that firmly believe in ATK and others who firmly are against ATK.

    Try both and see what works best for you.

    Honestly, that's the only way to determine as that's what I had to do and concluded ATK provided me with better life
     
  6. kkwan77

    kkwan77 Well-Known Member

    I don't use it, although some will attest to it's benefit.

    There's 2 camps -

    a) stand by atk and back the performance gains
    b) believe that android has it's own task killing built in and there is no additional benefit or performance boost to using this
     
  7. deftdrummer

    deftdrummer Android Enthusiast

    Absolutely not. Never. Task killers create more problems and hiccups than they alleviate.
     
  8. veeeee

    veeeee Lurker

    In a perfect world there would be no need for task killers. This ain't no perfect world though.
     
  9. serenade84

    serenade84 Lurker

    I hit my TK button everybtime I go on the phone. It always kills a few to several apps. I don't know if I notice a difference. I can't see it making it run slower though.
     
  10. Dmordarski

    Dmordarski Member

    I run a task killer, but I only use it when a program acts up and needs to be stopped, otherwise there is enough RAM and CPU to run everything smoothly
     
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  11. xander66

    xander66 Member

    I personally tried ATK for the first week, than uninstalled. I just always make sure to back out/quit apps and it does seem to be a little smoother now without it. This may be simply because every time i'd kill more than 5 apps my home screen would have to reset.
     
  12. Dark Matter

    Dark Matter Well-Known Member

    I dont use one. My phone is rooted. Removed all the useless apps. My battery life increased dramatically.
     
  13. john0821

    john0821 Android Enthusiast

    I use ATK simply because it's an easy way to kill apps instead of backing out or force stopping a buggy app.
     
  14. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert

    I have ATK and have had it on every android device

    I have heard it causes more harm then good but to be honest, i never had any issues with my phone malfunctioning due to an advanced task killer and indeed it does make my phone go way faster :)
     
  15. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday

    I use it to force close an app.
     
  16. Stealthman

    Stealthman Android Enthusiast

    I use it and have found much better battery life and performance. I know people say you don't "need" it but my phone performs better that is all I need to know.
     
  17. Telexen

    Telexen Well-Known Member

    Always have it. No need to constantly close apps you're not using...but there are always times where you try to switch homescreens and you've suddenly got a bit of lag because something in the background is doing something when it doesn't need to.

    It's foolish to think that just because Android is linux it magically closes applications that are either poorly coded or poorly configured that unnecessarily update status or pull data from the internet far too frequently. Even more foolish to think it somehow makes your phone slower...two opinions that are quite at odds with themselves (to say nothing about their lack of validity), even though most who believe one believe the other.
     
  18. cwrig

    cwrig Well-Known Member

    Task killer's need is a myth. I ran Advanced Task killer for several months; constantly killing apps i didnt need; cause people said I should. Then I decided to uninstall it and try without.

    It runs faster without a taskkiller running. Android kills tasks on its own just fine. Im in the camp that task killers are a waste of time and money.
     
  19. Telexen

    Telexen Well-Known Member

    Sigh. It's sad people can't think logically. They just don't get it. You don't need a task killer to "manage" memory. You need it to quickly force kill "rogue" applications.

    I will repeat it - you want a task killer. Statements like this:

    ...are oxymorons. If Android runs fine on it's own then running a task killer won't slow it down. For the record - it doesn't slow your phone down. But an application trying to update it's content when you have no need for it to every 5 minutes may be another story - depending on your wants/needs for it.
     
  20. BCox

    BCox Well-Known Member

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the debate less about whether it helps the X run smoother and more about battery life?

    I had ATK on my phone for a while, and it never caused any problems, and didn't effect the speed of my X. However, after uninstalling it, I did notice better battery life...Nothing significant, so whether or not this was attributed to the ATK, I don't know, but...
     
  21. jreed2560

    jreed2560 Android Expert

    if you need one app to control another, then u dont need either
     
  22. mahers

    mahers Android Expert

    Is anyone else noticing that there are certain apps ALWAYS shown in the "Running Services" menu that you don't use at all? Four in particular for me are: Skype, News, Amazon MP3, and GTalk. I never use them, don't plan to use them, have not signed up for any updates, feeds, or notifications and went in and selected NOT to auto-launch, but every day, there they are running in the background. So I installed ATK to kill them and for the first time ever, my battery went from 100% to 90% after 2.5 hours. It usually drops to 90% after a max of 20 minutes after unplugging!!! For those who are anti-ATK, how are you going to argue with this? I could probably root the phone and dump those apps altogether, but I don't see the need at the moment.
     
  23. jreed2560

    jreed2560 Android Expert

    these apps are not running in the background. the android system keeps them at a ready state so that when you do have to access them you don't have to load the whole application. As for gtalk, thats part of your voice service. It is supposed to be running. You should really read the links in my post. JUST BECAUSE AN APP SHOWS UP IN RUNNING SERVICES DOESN'T MEAN ITS USING UP RESOURCES OR BATTERY! Go to the battery settings and see whats actually using your battery.
     
  24. mahers

    mahers Android Expert

    I've read them...so what. What makes them THE source of all that is Android? In fact, on the one from androidspin, there are a number of "Related Articles" at the bottom. The first one on the list, "Tips and Tricks #2: A Speedy Phone" actually recommends ATK as first on the list!!!

    I don't want to get into an argument with you on this. I know what I am experiencing on MY PHONE, and it's hard to refute the improvements. I didn't do anything else that could have been the cause of the increased battery life. When the carrier and manufacturer of the phone suggest we use a task killer, it can't be as bad as everyone says. I do agree, however, that closing apps without realizing what they are can have a negative effect, but Amazon MP3 and Skype have no freaking business being active in any way, shape or form on my phone.
     

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