Task Killers According to Lifehacker
Interesting article from a Lifehacker blogger on task killers.
Android Task Killers Explained: What They Do and Why You Shouldn't Use Them
Personally, I've gone both routes but have decided not to use a task killer.
- 09-29-2010, 10:23 PM #2
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- 09-30-2010, 09:16 AM #4
Will someone PLEASE pass this along to the moron sales and tech reps and VZW stores? The morons in there will actually install a TK for you! Since they work there, people think they must know what they are doing. But the reality we all know is that they really know jack squat most of the time. I can't tell you how many friends of mine I have REMOVED the TK for them and they like their phone better afterwards.
- 09-30-2010, 10:40 AM #5
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- 09-30-2010, 10:56 AM #6
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- 09-30-2010, 09:24 PM #10
Every DInc I have seen in town has had ATK on it installed by a Verizon or Reseller Dufus. I have removed it from all of them, with the owners permission of course, and explained to them how it was doing more harm then good. Every one has come back and said the phone works better now! Who'd a thunk!
- 09-30-2010, 09:54 PM #11
- 10-01-2010, 09:28 AM #12
I gotta disagree here a bit. I've downloaded apps in the past that would persistently do things in the background (like try to connect to the Internet) and I did not have an option in the app to stop it. This is the result of bad coding, not the Android system itself. Even this doc agrees that a task killer could be useful if you use an app that was poorly coded:
"That said, not all apps are created equal. Many of you have used task killers in the past and actually found that after freeing up memory, your phone works a bit better. It's more likely that this is because you've killed a bad app—one that was poorly coded, and (for example) keeps trying to connect to the internet even when it shouldn't. Any performance increase you experience is more likely because you killed the right app, not because you freed up loads of memory (or, in many cases, it's just placebo). Instead of killing all those apps, find out which ones are actually causing the problems. If you really know what you're doing, you may benefit from using a task killer to stop the one or two inefficient-but-loved apps on your phone."
I have ATK and I have it tuned to kill some apps that I like, but will drain my battery without an option to stop. I think you are being a bit misleading to say that task killers in every instance are worthless.
- 10-01-2010, 01:23 PM #13
The reality is MOST of the customers buying their phones know how to use very little of the features, and even worse no nothing about how it really works. They do things because they are told, and feel they are educated about it, when it reality they know nothing. You happen to know what causes problems on your phone, and you use the TK appropriately. No one is saying they are useless in every instance. The article doesn't even say that. It says for "most" they are unnecessary.