Task Manager/Killer Discussion
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 Galaxy S 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.
- 09-10-2010, 03:08 PM #2
I have a question about the programs running in the background. I read the article you referenced in the above post. I understand killing off some apps can screw things up.
I am using Advanced Task Killer. I have not set it up to kill apps at a predefined times. I am simply going into it periodically to see what is running in the background. Several items continue to show up even though I killed them.
The programs I am refering to are VZ navigator, Skype mobile, MobileIM and City ID. I have no plans on using these programs and would like to keep them from automatically starting. Is there an easy way to do this?
I assume once rooted and I can delete them completely but for now I just want them to stop starting on there own.
Thanks for any advice!
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Until we get custom mods WITHOUT this stuff I'm glad that Titanium backup is there.
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- 10-27-2010, 11:57 PM #19
I think that all task managers are bad except the one that comes stock on the Fascinate (may be on the other Galaxy S phones as well). It only shows the programs that are actively using rom and shows you the actual percentage that is being used. Its not like the ones from the market that show you everything that may or may not actually be running. It works the way a real task manager is supposed to work.
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ok, so after reading everything, I did initially uninstall ATK. I installed it initially without really knowing much. Then last week, something was eating away at my battery and I rebooted to stop it. Nothing was in the stock task killer except for LPP.
I ended up installing ATK again just to see what apps were running in the background. I noticed apps were starting up without me ever starting them. For example, music player, video player, photobucket, vlingo, live scores and a couple of others that I don't even use the widgets for nor have I started up.
so my question is, what's so bad about killing these apps? should they be starting up on their own, and should android be managing the way they run? So I'm somewhat confused as to why ATK is so bad... I can kill of the apps that are running that I haven't started up and that aren't essential for system functions. in the article linked above it gives you a list of why things should be running and which apps can probably be killed off.
so... I see a lot of people saying ATK is bad, but not really saying why...