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App of the Week - Review of the Advanced Task Killer


Recently we have seen an emergence of the Apps market. In the third quarter of 2011, more than 2.4 Billion Apps were downloaded. However are any of them any good?


This is your weekly guide to the innovative, creative and productive Apps on the Android Marketplace.


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icon.pngAdvanced Task Killer

Category: Productivity

Price: Free

Size: 97kb


As mobile phones have become more advanced, the have gained the ability to run several programmes and applications at the same time. Most smart phones (all Android phones) allow Apps to keep running in the background. This in effect makes the phone more useful and convenient. However, this has also resulted in causing problems. Most phones experience a significant reduction of battery life. Some phones also see an effect on their general performance. This App has been designed to overcome both of these problems. It allows you to stop the Apps which you do not wish to be running in the background. This does not permanently stop the App from running. Instead it turns them off, and you can switch the App back on when you decide to use it again.


When you open the App, all the Apps which are running on the phone are displayed. From here you can choose the Apps you prefer to keep running and the Apps you wish to stop. To further convenience, the App automatically marks all the Apps which are running. You can unmark the Apps which you wish to remain running, before you “kill” (stop) the rest.


Different Apps tend to react differently once stopped. Apps which constantly update themselves tend to stop updating until you go back onto them. Some other Apps such as games may pause. The App killer does not cause any harm to stopped Apps. Most Apps which are stopped resume from where they were stopped. Apps generally start back up normally and their performance is not affected.


The layout of the Advanced Task Killer is very clear and straight forward. It looks very similar to the layout of the Android system. Therefore, if you can manage to use the basic functions of your smart phone, you should be able to use this App without any problems. The App also comes with settings which allow you to personalise the App further. You can choose to create a list of Apps which you want to be automatically stopped. A “ignore list” can also be created. In the list you can select Apps which you would constantly allow to be running on your phone. You can also programme the App to automatically stop other Apps running in the background every time you switch on your phone. This is very useful as most Apps tend to automatically start running when the phone is switched on.


It is no surprise that this App has received thousands of five stars rating on the Android marketplace. The App is cleaver but more importantly productive when the battery needs to be saved.

For these reasons I would rate this App 9 out of 10.




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that will be usefully to a lot of people on here.


I've heard that running these sorts of application on Android based smartphones harms the phone, as it stops it from running at the speed it can go at (rumor or not), but if this is bogus of a statement, then this is great for Android users. I used to be an Android user myself, and I had to disable several things in order to make sure my battery life was longer, but I didn't use any task management applications to solve this. 


HTC Sense has a built in task manager for me Smiley Happy


Good Post, I have the same App killer on my phone. And it works and operates just like you have described it. Smiley Wink


@andy0, The posts you have links to use different App killers. I current use the App killer in this blog, and can agree with cricpk that i doesn't cause harm to the phone. This App killer is much more felxible and phone friendly.


As someone has already mentioned, running these sorts of apps can actually harm the phone and battery life rather than improve it.


I'm no expert on android, and a simple internet search will show that there are many arguments about whether task killers such as this one are effective, so please read them and make your decision then before deciding to install this app.


Most of the arguments against task killer apps seem to suggest that it is not necessary to force an app that's running in the background to close, and that android is intelligent enough to manage apps on it's own. Killing an app in this way can actually mean using more battery power as it uses more power to load the app from scratch. Also with ever improving android versions being released, the management of apps improves so a task killer is not necessary.


Task killer apps are intended to be used on older versions of android and only when a bad app is running and you need to force it to close. In my opinion, based on what i've read, they should not be used in any other situation.


Here are some articles you should read:


Android Task Killers Explained: What They Do and Why You Shouldn’t Use Them


Real world tests show task killers still don’t give you better battery life


Used to always have this running when I had a HTC  


I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and currently use Advanced Task Killer to keep my phone running sweetly. A great App and a great Blog  post