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Task Killers...Good or Bad? My Opinion (not that it really matters)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Airmaxx23, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Airmaxx23

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    I've had my Droid X since July 1 and immediately installed Advance Task Killer and used it for a week. I only had it set to kill certain tasks/apps and nothing that had anything to do with the actual system. I then uninstalled it and have gone the last 5 days without it. I'm finding that the system runs smoother with fewer, if any, "hiccups" without using the task killer. I just thought I'd let people know since the X will be out in 2 days and I know the task killers are a big thing but I really think things run better without one installed.
     

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    I will be getting my Droid X in a couple hours. When I set it up I'll leave task killer off it and see how it runs.

    I wonder why it would cause the system to run unstable.
     
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    I wouldn't really call it unstable. I've noticed fewer slow downs and hiccups without using it.
     
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    @OP
    Are you saying that you just leave the apps running or manual exit them once you are done?
     
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    When I had my Incredible I just kept it on there in case something went wrong with a program which is what Ill do when I get the X. I don't set it to kill anything automatically though.
     
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    I'm just closing them when I'm done, not actually going into the settings and stopping them, just backing out or pressing home.
     
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    Here's google's take on memory management
    Android Developers Blog: Multitasking the Android Way

    I read that as saying not to bother with task managers.

    Personally, I just don't even think about it and let Android handle it. Once in a while if an app locks up or doesn't release the GPS or something like that, I kill it with systempanel.
     
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    i play alot of games on mine (wow, i cant remember any since i sold my inc lol!!) but every now and then i`ll get one that freezes up. advanced task manager to the rescue!
     
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    That's what I was thinking since some apps don't really have an "exit" button.
     
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    I thought so, there had to be some mechanism in Android to manage apps running in the background.
    My worry is for non-technical users who may be dissatisfied with Android when in reality they have GPS, Camera, and a bunch of stuff running in the background. Also those coming from Iphone world who never had to face their phone slowing or locking up.
     
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    I just wanted to bump this up so people don't waste their time with the task killers.
     

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