Please Read: Important Information Regarding Task Killers
Without a doubt, this is one of the most discussed topics in the Android Central forums. Understandably, having come from various other Smartphone platforms (Blackberry, Windows Mobile, etc.), where task management is crucial for optimal performance and battery life, most new Android Smartphone owners have 2 basic questions:
1.) Should I use a task manager?
2.) Which application does the best job at task management?
After digging and digging for answers to these questions, users sometimes end up frustrated and confused by conflicting information from a wide variety of sources. This usually results in a new thread on task management.
To help answer these questions (and avoid all those duplicate threads), Android Central's contributing writer and technical guru, Jerry Hildenbrand, has written this article. Please take a few minutes to read and educate yourself.
If you do choose to use a task manager, and your Droid X starts acting wonky, please uninstall the task manager to see if the problem goes away.
If you still have questions, or if you'd like to chime in with your own opinion and/or experiences with task managers, please post in this thread.
- 07-08-2010, 07:22 PM #2Retired Moderator
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- CodeName Android 1.5.5
i completely concur that this article is a very important read, as i know a lot of verizon reps that will straight install a task killer (usually advanced task killer aka ATK) on new phones for customers, but dont explain how the app works/the proper way to use it, because in fairness, they probably dont know how to use the app themselves.
i think the most important point to stress is that you should not use task killers to manage your phone's memory. the OS does that for you.
- 07-08-2010, 07:24 PM #3
- 07-08-2010, 08:40 PM #5
This is a great thread. Coming from a Storm, i've become very accustomed to closing out apps once i'm done with them. So when I think about having to install a task killer just to close something I get a little confused. I would love to see some educated viewpoints on the matter.
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- 07-08-2010, 11:57 PM #10
Whoa, this is so beyond me..... I guess I will have to read more up on this!! I have a BB Curve and I just never downloaded much on it cause well RIM apps are a PITA IMO so yeah!!! I have a bunch on my ipod touch so I imagine i will get a bunch for the X too! YIKES!
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- 07-14-2010, 09:27 PM #18
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well, I'm asking cause I noticed a Task Killer app on the demo I played with yesterday. Already there...
I just didn't know if it was safe to use it or not.
I mean I don't understand what the recommended and safe way to handle managing all the multitasking?
- 07-14-2010, 09:34 PM #19
- 07-16-2010, 10:27 AM #20
What about battery life? Ive read that task killers will help save bettery, sometimes up to 50%. Thats my real concern. Especially with a device like the DX, im not concerned about memory or lag, but battery.
Will ATK set to Autokill do anything to help battery?
- 07-16-2010, 10:44 AM #21
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That wasn't one of your answer options, but I think it sums it up nicely, heh.
BTW the article is a great read and helped shed light on this issue, myself also coming from the Blackberry world. I never understood the task killers, but now that I do, I'll be using them wisely only when I absolutely need to. :thumbsup:
- 07-16-2010, 10:44 AM #22
- 07-16-2010, 03:11 PM #23
If set up the right way then yeah, it could help battery life, but most people just have set to kill off a whole bunch of tasks/processes that the system need to have running.
Trust us when we say this, task killers are not needed on Android OS.
Android has it's own 'task killer' of some sort installed and running.
So by you killing all these tasks that are running, you're only causing you're phone more trouble and causing it to use more CPU because it'll have to run again.
It'll be like an endless loop.
Trust me, just don't even look at the memory, you'll be perfectly fine.
- 07-16-2010, 03:32 PM #24
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re: Please Read: Important Information Regarding Task Killers
All I will add is that since giving up task killers I absolutely do get more battery life and just not having the constant concern about it is great. I notice that most of my apps shut down within 5 min. or so if left alone.
~ Droid ~
- 07-16-2010, 04:03 PM #25
really good points....i tested this out, and removed the ATK cuz i was noticing some battery issues, and also wasn't receiving my Sessmic notifications....since removing ATK, and restarting my phone the funny thing is my battery actually went from 60% to 80%.