Prevent Footprints & CityID Apps from launching themselves
I realize I can't delete/uninstall certain pre-installed apps from my HTC Incredible (at least not without hacking my phone), but is there a way to at least prevent programs like CityID and Footprints from launching themselves in the background? I use the Advanced Task Killer daily and these 2 are always among the running programs. They launch themselves randomly and eat up my resources/battery, very annoying!
08-20-2010 12:28 PM
Nothing you can do without hacking the phone. Just leave them alone and uninstall the task killer. It's doing more harm than good to your battery.
If you delete the task killer, how does the app get turned off?
That mean you gotta turn the phone off to kill the apps?
I was getting miserable battery life til Verizon installed the appkiller. Then I was getting better battery life with my standard battery. But now am using the 2150
So why does the appkiller do more harm than good
Well basically most of those apps run in the background and don't really use your resources. You can download an app like OS Monitor to verify. You'll see most of them put a 0% load on the system. However, when you kill one of these apps, the OS is going to restart it at some point, causing load and battery drain on the system. It's similar to constantly rebooting your phone which sucks up a lot of juice.
Now I'm not saying these apps don't affect your battery life at all, I'm just saying by task killing them you're probably causing them to use more battery because the OS has to constantly restart them again. Hope that makes sense.
This is not completly true. I didn't use any tas killer and I kept getting random restart loops that would reboot the phone 2 or 3 times. Talked to VZW and he had me install one of the app killers (can't remember which) that did 2 things, automatically kill certain apps at screen off and put ones that needed to run in an ignore list. After doing this I have not had one single reboot loop!! Also, my battery life has stayed the same or gotten a little bit better. 12 hours is the norm with 18 being a good day.
Originally Posted by s197
I will try and get the name of the app as soon as I am closer to my phone and can look at it
No, it's rather accurate. In fact, Google's android developers have come out and said it.
Originally Posted by drtnsnw
Why you don’t need a task killer app with Android.
There's tons of other articles to read if you'd like to. I'm glad the task killer is working for you, but it's not needed and has been repeated ad nausem.
You are correct Sir. Not needed and please do not listen to VZ customer service or tech support on this. If running a task killer has improved your phone greatly, then you need to figure out the app that is messed up and get it fixed or removed. Task killers are NOT needed, but you may have an issue that is making it look like the task killer is working correctly. Do some searches and see some fun posts on how alarms quit working, certain apps paid for and quit working, etc etc etc and it all comes back to the bloody task killer. Did I mention they are not needed.
Originally Posted by s197
Chances are your task killer will end up causing you more issues than you would have guessed. This will include battery life as well.
This right here. The problem is not the phone. It's bad coding in an app
Originally Posted by mjs31
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OK, thanks to all, there were some great tips and information. In principal, I still do have a problem with applications launch themselves even though they are not needed, regardless of how much or little battery they consume. Cheers anyway!