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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by kraze0g, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. kraze0g

    kraze0g Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    for some reason ever since i installed this its been sucking my battery dry.. this shouldn't be happening should it?

    also - how do u find out what applications are running and how much memory you have (or is this what advanced task killer tells you?)

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  2. Needsdecaf

    Needsdecaf Android Expert

    yes, that is what a task manager is for.

    You are not the first person to have this issue with AT Killer.

    Try Advanced Task Manager or Task panel.
  3. nonie3234

    nonie3234 Member

    I like Advanced Task Manager - it lets me see which apps keep launching on their own, so I can change the settings for them or uninstall.
  4. kraze0g

    kraze0g Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    funny, i heard bad things about this app too with the battery (same with advanced app killer) ;\ is there not an app that is OK as a task manager??

    im assuming that there is no internal method within the phone to check which programs are running or how much memory is being used... correct?
  5. RC Addict

    RC Addict Android Enthusiast

    Oh my goodness. I wish I had an Android phone in front of me. In the phones options screen there is something like "about" or Information. Anyway under that is a place where you can check what is drawing off your battery most. Usually it is the display, but if there are apps that are on 100% of the time those are listed too.

    I know, I am a big help! lol!

    Oh, and I noticed on my Droid that App Killer was a BIG battery hog...
  6. nonie3234

    nonie3234 Member

    I haven't had any problems with the Advanced Task Manager.
  7. kar0la420

    kar0la420 Member

    I switched from TasKkiller to ES task Manager. It seems to be better. When i kill my apps there's more memory than what i had with TaskKiller.
  8. Bswartz95

    Bswartz95 Android Expert

    Task Panel works well for me. I got rid of ATK quickly, even though the Verizon reps put it on my phone while they set it up for me.
  9. Gevis

    Gevis Android Enthusiast

    I use Taskiller. You can either do a one button kill of everything (except the important stuff) or do it one by one. There is also autokill now, but I think that would drain your battery.
  10. Podivin

    Podivin Android Expert

    There is an app called 'spare parts' that will show you how your applications have been using memory, battery, processor time - fun stuff like that. It gives you a good idea of what's going on in your phone when you're not looking. It also gives you the ability to tweak some setting to speed up some of the displays on the phone.

    I use Advanced Task Manager, it hasn't given me any problems.
  11. snorge

    snorge Android Enthusiast

    Advanced Task Killer - Kills battery

    Task Panel - Makes phone laggy (with widget enabled)

    Advanced Task Manager - Perfecto.
  12. kraze0g

    kraze0g Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    ok i just installed advanced task manager - i just had a question, i disabled the system and uninstall tabs because i dont want to mess with that stuff in this application. i am curious about the 'processes' tab however in which every app is listed -- how do i know what to end? some say 'foreg', others 'backg', others 'idle' and 'active'... what do all these mean? (specifically foreg and backg and idle)..

    any info on this app would be appreciated greatly. seems like a great tool.

    one more thing - how the heck do i exit advanced task manager?
  13. RC Addict

    RC Addict Android Enthusiast

    foreg=Programs running in the foreground

    backg=Programs running in the background

    idle=Programs that are currently idle (like your weather widget that updates every half hour--it is idle untill it updates)
  14. kraze0g

    kraze0g Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    hmm i dont want to sound dumb but whats the difference between a program running in the foreground and a program running in the background and a program being ACTIVE?

    also - i notice some apps that are idle that i never used? i.e. stocks, pdf viewer... should i end these processes?
  15. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    Answer to last question first: Use ATM to kill itself - Tap (once) Advanced Task Manager in the Applications list, and select "End Task" from the popup menu. Or, add apps to the "exclude" list that you don't want to kill, but don't exclude ATM... and tap the "End All" button. But, there really is no need for you to end it - it doesn't use any CPU time when you are not using it (and you have not enabled any auto-task-kill functions).

    There really is no need to kill anything in the Processes tab; frankly, I would avoid doing that, and only terminate stuff you find in the Apps tab. (Even that may not be necessary unless you are running low on memory).

    The only complaint that I have about ATM is that there doesn't seem to be any documentation ( Arron La ), so... no help on what "foreg", "backg", "idle", "active" mean. OTOH, if you are not killing anything in the Processes tab, i'm not sure it should matter to you.

    The last time I left my Eris alone for a while, it went something like 67 hours before it needed to be charged again, and I'm really not doing anything special.

    Just because you see things listed in either the application list (or the processes or system list) does not mean they are making your handset run slowly or eating away at your battery. A stock Eris with the (1.16.605.1) OTA update will only be active about 2% of the time when the phone is sleeping - assuming that no poorly-written 3rd-party apps were installed that chew on the CPU constantly.

    Frankly, ATM doesn't have any particular usefulness for determining what you should be killing - it just makes killing things easy. OTOH, on a stock Eris with the OTA update, there really isn't much need to use a task manager for much else but checking to see that memory hasn't gotten too low.

  16. hrbib21

    hrbib21 Android Expert

    The problem I have are the system leeches like IM, Footprints, Peep, and Stocks that suck up memory and you cannot shut down or uninstall. When I shut them down (only momentarily as they auto restart) they free up a good amount of memory. I would love to get rid of them one way or another if I could.
  17. pkopalek

    pkopalek Android Expert

    I _still_ haven't figured out what IM does. I didn't know I had an IM application - I use eBuddy!

    Is IM a program that I should be able to use? I don't even know how to open it! lol.

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