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lindkenth

Apr 30, 2011, 6:31 AM
Verizon told me to use the task killer app to prolong the life of my battery for my Thunderbolt. The tech said in the settings there was a frequency setting ie every two hours every one hour etc. Anyone know how to find that? Or any other ideas about saving the battery? I have the extended battery and sometimes get only about 8 to 10 hours.
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lh1031

May 1, 2011, 8:41 AM
Go to Android MArket.

Search for Advanced Task Killer

Download it.

After download, open application.

Press Menu

Touch Settings

Go down til you see auto kill.

Select an auto kill level and frequency.

Done.
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lindkenth

May 1, 2011, 10:26 AM
Thank you! That is what I was doing wrong, I needed to go to the auto kill first. Which mode is best safe? Will this preserve my battery?
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IrishCarBomb

May 1, 2011, 11:35 AM
This will hurt your battery if you have your phone set up properly, since it is just another app running all the time eating juice.

You want to save battery? Change your sync frequency from push to hourly for non-essentials, or even manual. Turn down your screen brightness, use 3G instead of 4G, etc.

ATK doesn't improve battery life, it hurts it. What some gain in battery life they could have by just setting their phone up correctly in the first place.
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melrhodes

May 3, 2011, 7:44 AM
agree
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lh1031

May 3, 2011, 7:59 AM
I do all of that and have the task killer running. Its about precessor speed as much as battery life.
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IrishCarBomb

May 6, 2011, 3:32 PM
ATK has nothing to do with processor speed, at all. Might have some to do with free RAM, by closing down apps, but that will actually hurt performance because those apps have to be re-opened 100% of the way when you go to re-use it.

As someone that has written kernel code for XDA, I can assure you and everyone that ATK does way more harm than good, and is a useless and waste of an app and app space on your phone.
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desireuser442

May 5, 2011, 11:47 AM
If you dont need to have the internet running even while your at work you can turn off your data connection to the network. this way has improved my battery life dramatically but again depends how you use your phone, theres plenty of different options
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kvlt

May 6, 2011, 3:42 PM
The way that the Android OS is designed, applications time out after being inactive for a pre-determined amount of time. Android pretty much already does the same thing that a Task Killer would, and Android actually advises against these apps. If anything, it will bog your system down and suck up even more battery life.
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MadLib

May 6, 2011, 11:35 PM
I've heard valid arguments from both sides, although it seems that tech gurus tend to side against task killers. I still have yet to consult a "professional", such as CNET. I am curious to know da troof.
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IrishCarBomb

May 7, 2011, 9:36 AM
In case you didn't read my post above, I have and still do develop custom ROMs and Kernels for Android devices (You can find my work on xda-developers under a different name).

I stated that task killers are junk, and break your systems, waste battery life, and the so forth. There are tons of reasons, the least of which is that Android OS doesn't let ATK (and others) passively kill tasks, only actively, so that consumes power. As well, Android already does a great job stopping apps, and doesn't mess up your syncs at the same time like a task killer will.

It is possible to use a task killer as a time saver and tool, it is a little quicker to force close a malicious app (good for developers testing their apps in their alpha stage), the ...
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Mikey C

May 8, 2011, 1:58 PM
and devices have you written code for. Is it a big pain in the butt? I tried developing apps, but my attention span was not long enough. Plus I don't think my laptop can handle the emulator. and I don't know java.

In other words, I just suck. I would like to learn, but it seems many developers are not very willing to help a brand spanking newb.
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IrishCarBomb

May 8, 2011, 11:54 PM
G1, Nexus One, and the G2. I work with Team Douche, so username doesn't matter and since I am not a device lead developer I prefer not to disclose it (I also don't like taking credit, since reality is 99% of dev work is borrowing from others, just re-packaging it, usually using tools someone else developed).

As for developers not being "willing" to teach a newb, it is two fold. Firstly, the vast majority of the knowledge is readably available on the internet already (for android, you want to read up on linux for the core OS, and JAVA for the app end). I personally know very little JAVA, but I understand the linux environment very well and thus am great at with kernels and cleaning up the packaging of the OS. The other part is that we ...
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Jesther

May 16, 2011, 3:36 PM
For what it is worth, repair centers are now being told that they cannot work on a phone that has a task killer- if task killer is on the phone, they are required to reset to factory default. Ouch!
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