Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st May 2010 18:52 UTC, submitted by kragil
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Android is fairly unique in the ways it allows multiple applications to run at the same time. Developers coming from a different platform may find the way it operates surprising. Understanding its behavior is important for designing applications that will work well and integrate seamlessly with the rest of the Android platform. This article covers the reasons for Android's multitasking design, its impact on how applications work, and how you can best take advantage of Android's unique features."
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Battery Life
by TheMonoTone on Sun 2nd May 2010 16:32 UTC
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Of course what they don't happen to mention is that googles method for multitasking also sucks down battery like a fat pig sucks down slop.

If I as a user say "close the email program" but then the email program just sits there running checking for email every few minutes for the next few hours and my battery is then dead, there's only one thing to blame going wrong. Poor multitasking management.

Google may think software can do a better job, and maybe it can, but it certainly isn't doing a very good job yet even as of android 2.1. Perhaps instead of just simply taking memory in to account for the lifetime of a process/application they should take in to account the battery situation and allow me to set some desired battery life. If I want maximum battery life and am willing to put up with a little bit slower app startup times that should be allowed.

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