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Will all of this kill my battery faster..?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by xxteargodxx, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. xxteargodxx

    xxteargodxx Well-Known Member
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    I've recently come across the GO Launcher in the Market..And I LOVE it! I'm using it's honeycomb launcher/theme. I installed plenty of widgets to go with it, (I've never ever used widgets before).

    Screen 1: Analog Clock (widget), Task Manager (widget), Data Usage (widget) 2 rows of icons.

    Screen 2: Friendcaster Pro (widget).

    Screen 3: Calendar (widget).

    Screen 4: Tweetdeck (widget).
     

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    First of all you don't need a task manager, the system manages things on its own. If you're manually killing tasks then you're causing unnecessary battery drain and CPU usage. This article explains why.

    Secondly, any widget/app that is constantly polling a server for information (such as facebook, twitter, weather, etc.) is going to have an impact on battery life.

    I would say get rid of everything except the icons, you can sync your facebook and twitter stuff when you launch the associated app.. but that's just me.
     
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    Google's Music player 3 runs a service at boot that starts the music app and keeps it in memory, using around 6 MB of RAM. Although GB is supposed to be good at freeing RAM for apps, it really isn't - not on my poor crippled device. Since hte Music app service is never restarted, I can safely have it killed every time the phone is rebooted (once a day as I swap batteries). So, there are definitely times when a TM is beneficial ad not harmful.

    In the right user's ahnds, who knows what they are doing, of course. if you're running around killing apps all willy nilly, then, yes, a TM can be harmful to your system.

    Overall, if you're running into sluggishness issues, unrsponsive issues, etc, you'll need to kill off some of those widgets - because then most of the widgets that are running will also be *running* in the background, using up RAM. And our DROIDs run out of RAM faster than an 8086 class PC
     

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