Apr 09 AT 12:54 PM Guest Blogger 20 Comments

Advanced Task Manager: The Advanced Solution for Task Management

Are you a “root” user? Have you customized or “modded” your phone with better performance and features? Then you know that behind the scenes there is a lot going on that can slow your phone down, drain your battery and even cause unwanted functionality that is not easily maintained by the base Android system. Even the stock system user experiences these dastardly effects, and for them, it may be more difficult to control. Though most problems could be solved with knowledge of your command line, the easiest solution for a common user, or one that likes to take the easy way out, is to use a task manager.

The Android Market contains quite a few task managers and system performance apps to help provide a solution. However, only a few stand out and provide a certain reliability one would hope to expect from a smartphone. Thus, leading us to choices. With so many choices, where do we start?!?

Well today, my good friend, we start with Advanced Task Manager for ROOT users by Arron La. Advanced Task Manager is exactly that, a powerful and advanced task manager. It is safe to assume that 98+% of Android users suffer from power and performance issues due to applications and background processes constantly running. If you are part of that percentile ATM (Advanced Task Manager) is here to the rescue! ATM has been around since 1.5 and provides users with a non-api, powerful means of controlling our systems. ATM has been built with tools to manage running applications, monitor running services, viewing the systems condition and memory usage, application management, and much more to come!

Advanced task manager provides the user with the ability to keep their system running smoothly, and quick, by controlling the apps and services running at any given time by executing Linux commands in the background with a touch of a button in a decent GUI environment.

A brief interview with Arron La revealed ATM’s future updates will include backup features.

The next release will see a number of backup features, so users can do backups and restore applications.Arron La Advanced Task Manager

As of this moment ATM utilizes ROOT (super-user control of your system), because there is no current support to control these services to provide a powerful and fully capable interface.

ATM also includes a handy widget that “Ends All.” Advanced Task Manager also gives the user the option to exclude certain programs that the widget and the program itself will not end; otherwise, when the widget is used it kills all currently running applications and background processes, providing a very quick and nifty way to keep our system clean and quick.

The app has a free version with ads and $0.99 for the paid version with no ads.

The Good

  • The ability to uninstall applications through its uninstall function. Providing the user an embedded application management tool right from Advanced Task Manager.
  • System monitoring: allowing a GUI view of the memory each system component is using, providing the user a thorough form of finding where all your memory is going.
  • The “all apps” function that displays all currently running applications and allows the option to end a particular application from within the tool.
  • Service monitoring function: services are known culprits of bogging down the system; this tool also provides the user with the ability to end a particular service. Of course, make sure you know what you are doing.

Needs Improvement

  • Possibly a timed end all function, that would set a maximum amount of time particular applications are allowed to run.
  • The fact that it utilizes ROOT can be a negative for some. And does not allow for all Android users to experience this wonderful tool.
  • Not much to complain about, maybe a fresh GUI?

Final Verdict

Advanced Task Manager does exactly what it is supposed to and performs the way you would hope. It is now in V4.0 and from what we’ve seen so far, it will only get better and more powerful!

Note: This review was submitted by Phil Toohill as part of our app review contest.

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  • http://Website Justin

    ATM hasn’t required ROOT for quite some time now. How old is this review???

    • http://Website Chris

      Yeah, I was just thinking the same thing.

    • http://Website phil

      My mistake, I was still running an older version on the paid app. Which is still available for 1.5, but your correct it no longer requires root and I appologize for not researching a bit more. Overall the rest of the review is up-to-date>.<

  • http://Website Dave K.

    The app is alright, nothing special. I’ve had ASTRO for quite a while, which I think is a better app. It has always done application backups and pretty much everything else ATM seems to do.

    As for this guest blogger, I’d say pass on this guy. As the above comments state, no root access is needed, so I’m not sure what the author is talking about.

    Also, why make up statistics? “It is safe to assume that 98+% of Android users suffer from power and performance issues due to applications and background processes constantly running.”

    Really? Is that 98+% safe to assume? Where did that number come from? You know the old saying, that 75% of all statistics is made up…

    • http://Website phil

      the statistic came from me helping people, granted its not a “legit” statistic but is roughly what my experience with other Android users have proven. i guess i coulda left that out, but hey it was catchy,sue me. >.<

  • http://twitter.com/chriseckman81 Chris

    Android’s got an *internal* low-memory taskkiller, that works far better than this program, the problem is it just needs to be tweaked. One of the easier ways to do it (must have root) is by running MinFreeManager. Once you set it, you can forget about always having to tap the damn screen to end all your background processes.

  • http://Website Daniel

    Meh. “It is safe to assume that 98+% of Android users suffer from power and performance issues due to applications and background processes constantly running.”
    It’s much safer to assume that 98+% of all task manager use is pure placebo. “MP3 Store” may be a running process, but it’s doing nothing in the background, and killing it will only make it reopen (which means: the system’s loader will consume actual power) the next time whatever notification it subscribes to is broadcasted. The task manager helped with absolutely nothing, only detracted from the situation.
    I know there are misbehaving apps (or, more specifically, activities within those apps) out there that don’t stop processing when left in the background, but you should complain to the app’s author, not pretend this is not a problem and support his poor-quality software.

    And “ROOT”, all caps?

    • http://Website Zer0-9

      Actually no, while I would agree that the battery savings will be nominal if anything your assessment of the function of applications as well as the utility of this particular application is off.

      While it may be true that some processes are running without having RAM allocated to them this is not true for a majority of applications. Just now when I checked my phone had 43mb of free RAM. After using this application to end the running apps I had 98mb of free RAM. The primary offending applications are all stock android. They just occasionally start up, and generate memory leaks. This is the only task manager that I have found to offer enough detail to control all of these processes and yet simple enough to simply automate memory management. The only thing better is to control what apps are allowed to start a process without interaction from the user.

      As for the review It should also be noted that aside from the desktop widget and application there is a “shake to end” and a “every so many minutes end” options to free system memory.

      • http://Website Daniel

        What’s the point of having more free RAM? it’s not being used. If any foreground app required 98 MB of RAM, those process would have been killed all the same, without your intervention, or that of any task killer.

        The only thing you’ve achieved is that the next time any of them wants to process a new broadcast, they will have to be loaded back.

  • http://Website phil

    Looks like I shoulda stayed with the other review, atleast the replies are helping me understand a bit more about this app. I really only use it to kill games and the browser, other than that I see what Daniel means about the MP3 store and what-nots, and it for being such a high rated app I didn’t realize so many people disliked it. At least we are all informed now;-) ill certainly do more extensive reasearch on the things I don’t know much about before I get to jabberin again…thank you

    • http://twitter.com/chriseckman81 Chris

      Don’t beat yourself up man. Here’s some useful info for you on how Android deals with processes: http://developer.android.com/reference/android/app/Activity.html

      • http://Website phil

        Excellent, than you for the linkage, makes more sense now! If I don’t get the position atleast it helped to further inform me. My other reviews are not so misinformed, this happened to be a app I used often and thought I would write about it, I’m glad I did or else I would still have the same views of it as before. Once again, thank you!

  • http://Website Brad

    i much more of a fan of System Panel app. helps u monitor running and cached (inactive) app as well as system app. also includes a task killer which just like all task killers, should only be used if an app is acting up. also gives u a battery temp monitor, cpu usage, memory usage, sd card space used and available, and a net sent/received indicator

  • http://blasphemousbits.wordpress.com/ Bob McCormick

    Uhgg. What a bunch of completely ill-informed tripe. “Advanced Task Killer” like all Android task killers, is a complete waste of time. Read this: http://geekfor.me/faq/you-shouldnt-be-using-a-task-killer-with-android/
    Or you could read up a bit on the Android process lifecycle: http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/fundamentals.html#proclife

    The TL;DR version – Android activities are stopped whenever they aren’t visible. The only things that do run in the background are service processes. These are registered by applications that need to do things either in the background or in response to alarms or events. (such as playing music in the background, checking for updates in the background, etc).

    Task killers are a waste of time, a waste of money, and basically a rip-off.

    • Jimmy13

      I’d Have to disagree. I use my task killer before using a game that would use alot of resources. Yes android will kill apps in extreme memory situations. It will also let things “finish” or “pause” in the background until a extreme memory need is there. Sometimes I want all the memory for the game or other program. This may be less of a concern for people who could go and scoop a new phone with a decent amount of memory but for people like me on a contract with tmobile rocking a MT3G I can use all the ram I can free to make things enjoyable. I also can easily notice the increase in speed this application gives me. Sure I might have to restart a program but if I wasn’t planning on using said application for a while I’m ok with that fate.

    • http://Website Skip

      I completely disagree. Additionally I’m much more in favor of the freeware app Automatic Task Killer. If this was a paid app, I’d buy it in a second. My droid is running MUCH faster after installing and configuring this.

      I’m sorry but there are just too many apps that “require” network access and really DON’T require it. They are constantly looking for the net in some instances. When I quit an app, I want to QUIT an app. I find these apps more akin to malware than apps. It’s adware disquised as an app in those cases.

  • http://Website @dariFRESH

    tough and well informed crowd. loved the article and the comments…now i have to go tinker with my phone

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  • sasa030bor

    April 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    +1
    Excellent, than you for the linkage, makes more sense now! If I don’t get the position atleast it helped to further inform me. My other reviews are not so misinformed, this happened to be a app I used often and thought I would write about it, I’m glad I did or else I would still have the same views of it as before. Once again, thank you

  • http://www.defib.us.com Roger Heath

    Speaking as one who purchased this app and liked it, I am extremely disappointed in the latest versions which do not work on my Samsung Galaxy S. The developer has not fixed these features or bugs, or even acknowledged them. The denial and lack of response caused me to demote a five star rating to a one star rating. Caution… read other users problems to verify.. You will see this is the case with others too.