Android :: Openly Hostile Rant To Android Developers On Apps That Won't Shut Off Or Stay Shut Off
Jun 28, 2010
What possible reason could there be for you to code your apps so that they switch on in the background when the phone is turned on and use up precious battery life?
Or, why would you code your apps to stay on after I, the user, have hit the back button because I no longer want your app to run?
I mean, REALLY! Yes, I own up to being a newbie Android user, and what I don't know could fill the Library of Congress. Still, this is common sense we're talking about here. I've done some industrial app development and Enter/Exit, On/Off are basic pieces of logic in the main loop of an program in any language.
The only reason that we phone users need task killer apps is because you developers insist on creating apps that don't know when the f**k to turn themselves off.
And, it seems to me like you, the app developers, are one of the main reason why these phones have such crappy battery life. I mean, my Samsung Instinct, as bad as it was, got 18 to 24 hours of life off of one charge. With the Hero, I'm lucky if I can get 10 hours, and that's even with configuring my email download to only three times per day!
This is not hard, people. You code the app to stay off until, I, the user, manually turn it on. AND, you also code it to turn off when I, the user, hit the back button.
Yes, I understand that there are certain apps that it is advantageous to keep running in the background. So, fine, make it so those keep running. BUT, there is no possible reason for apps like Flashlight, or BBC News, or Camera, or SprintTV to have to run all the time in the background!
I am so tempted to just trash the lot of you. If I did, maybe I might not have as much functionality, but my teenager would be able to reach me late in the day because my phone battery would still have juice.
I've had my hero for 3 or 4 days now.I understand that i do not need a task manager to shut-down apps, but don't fully understand how this works,since apps like Pandora (music streaming) and sportypal (gps tracking) continue to run in the "background." Adding to my confusion is the fact that I'm noticing the phone get sluggish lately, even after a fresh reboot, with only two programs running (Pandora and sportypal). The past 3 days, there were no problems, but now I cannot run with music because the music continues to skip - and pandora becomes unresponsive.I thought perhaps there were too many apps (I've downloaded about a dozen apps) and so I uninstalled most of them.No better.What, if anything, am I missing? Can I be low on space or memory, or what?
I've been through pages of forum posts about shutting off automatically updating aps and almost all seem to suggest rooting. I know nothing about such things and really don't feel like risking my phone, new Galaxy Note, to my ineptitude. I've read and re-read the manual too. Yes, I'm sure the answer is probably on here but I couldn't find it, or maybe it went over my head. The problem is I've been watching my data usage and tracked down the extraordinary usage to a slew of aps, all undeleteable and pre-installed by AT&T/Google. I don't want to delete the programs because I may want them at some point, but they're running and updating in the background and using megs. I shut them off within a setting menu and many of them came back later. Most of these aps are things I never even opened. Is there any way to keep these aps from running until *I* want them to?
When I use the default web browser and get finished I can find no where to close it. I just hit the home button to get out of it, but I am sure that leaves it running. So, how do you close out of it and shut it down?
I have a tmobile samsung vibrant and the other day some how my phone decided to shut off over night and the alarm ended up not going off and I was late for work. Is there any way to make the alarm go off when the phone is shut off? Or a specific alarm app that works for this? I've looked at other threads but none came to a fix for this problem.
I would like to perform a task just before the phone is shut down. I thought that Application#onTerminate would be called but that does not seem to be the case. Is there a broadcast intent when the phone is going to shutdown? If not, how to run a task just before the phone is turned off?
I'm wondering if anyone is aware of an app that will shut off my alarm clock if I wake and unplug my phone from the charger, then reset it for the following day. I almost always wake before my alarm, and use the alarm in case I oversleep. Would be nice if I didn't have to hear it go off a half hour later.
Hi, I have a pretty ordinary g1. Htc dream, unlocked (ATT is my provider). Well, I installed cyanogenmod a few weeks ago and it worked out great. I also did the 10 MB RAM hack.
Then I got greedy. I thought I'd partition the sd card and cyanogenmod would start installing apps to the sd card. This turned out to be a disaster. Probably I didn't do it right.
Everything was fine for a few days, seemed faster, etc., until I installed a new app. It was the first app installation since partitioning. Suddenly, there were problems with ALL my apps. I then thought, well uninstall app x that you just installed, but alas, I couldn't, as it wasn't listed as installed.
The phone would even spontaneously shut down from opening an app. In short, the phone became very scary and very unusable. After spontaneously shutting down, it would reboot into a frozen state, etc.
So I reformmated the sdcard, and redid cyanogenmod. I thought that this would simply undo the partitioning that I'd done, and I'd be back to where I was with a pretty good g1.
Well, cyanogenmod went okay, but there were still lots of problems. So I did a factory reset, and cyanogenmod again. This was slightly better, but it's still touch and go with my g1 now.
Home process needs force close, reddit is fun will sometimes not work. Sipdroid, even Android market, when I click it, does nothing. Sometimes when I plug the phone in with a USB cable, I mount it from the phone and it will suddenly unmount itself. Wont stay mounted.
Each of these problems will go away with rebooting, but now I've rebooted my phone maybe 30 times in the past two days. Not to mention uninstalling, reinstalling apps and rekeying in usernames and passwords, etc.
My HTC Desire no longer shuts down, I sometimes need to shut down just to help keep the phone working at its best but when I power off the spinning circle just keeps spinning saying shutting down. I have left it for a couple of hours before and its still stuck there, never used to have this problem with my phone when I first got it.I am running an Orange branded phone with Android 2.1. I really don't like this Orange 2.1, its pants and alot slower than a stock 2.1 or the new 2.2.
With today's unofficial announcement of a new Android 2.2 (Froyo) and rumors about release date (19th of May on Google I/O conference) I just wonder how long it will take HTC to deliver new Android for Desire... or we will stuck for ages as a Hero?
Ok so when I shut my inc down to charge,it powers down like normal and when I plug the charger in it wont do anything wont charge or boot back up! I have to pull the battery out for a second and then works again.
I'm not sure if I should have this in this forum or under another one...I can't turn my wife off. Even in settings. I am running the skyraider rom.I went in a killed any tasks that I thought could cause a problem since it just started recently.
So I realized after getting a calendar reminder, the lock screen just stays on until you dismiss it. So then I checked by just turning the EVO without a reminder to see if the lock screen would shut down and the backlight just stays on that way as well.. Can others test this out and see if there screen shuts off or is there a separate setting for the lock screen?
For some reason whenever I now use the keyboard on my LG 4X HD the phone says aloud the key I'm pressing. I don't even know what it's called, perhaps "keypress vocals"? Can't find where to switch it off or even turn down the volume, which is really loud, very annoying as it does it even when the phone is on mute. Searched the settings, no luck. I'm going to be travelling a lot on planes and trains in the next few weeks and I really don't want people listening to what I type. I think on some forum somewhere mentioned that it could be a Driving Mode setting, but I can't find that anywhere either.
I've found that the stock clock/timer app alarm on my LG Eclipse running ICS 4.0.4 won't shut off if I leave the main app screen to go do something else on the phone while it ticks away in the background. The only way to get the alarm to stop seems to be to reboot the phone. If I leave the timer ticking in the foreground it shuts off normallyt when the acknowledge "ok" is pressed. I tried contacting LG about it, but haven't heard anything back.
my phone shuts down, dont know exactly when becouse i hear the sms geting in but some times i dont open then, only after some times i get out the phone of my poket and it is off but i ever pas when its loket, never when i am using it.
What is the lowest % my battery will go on the EVO before the phone dies and is unable to power on until charged? I've ran it down to 20% but that isn't even close i'm hoping. My old palm pre would be very close to death and cut-out anywhere under 16%. I'd just like to know in-case I get into an emergency battery saving situation.
My desire takes ages to shut down, I'm talking like a couple of hours or more!! the only other person I know with one is having the same problem. I was watching a couple of threads on this subject with various solutions but nothing definative. I'm on Orange, not many apps installed really. This is the only problem i have with my desire, the phone is awesmoe otherwise. I would love it even more if I could turn it off when i wanted to tho
My DroidX has been rooted for a couple of days now and I'm loving that new features that I can utilize. However, I didn't check my phone for a couple of hours and when I took it out to send a text I realized that my phone was shut off. Has anybody encountered this same issue? I didn't even have to hold my power button to start it back up. I simply pressed it like I was waking it up and it showed the power up symbol.Update: When starting up, it did not show the Motorola symbol but skipped ahead to the "Droid" sign.