Advanced Task Killer review

Reviews 12:49, Jan 03 2010

Check out our Advanced Task Killer review - an Android utility that allows you to manage your multi-tasking apps easily

One area where the Android platform scores big points over the iPhone is multitasking.

While Apple’s device currently doesn’t allow you to run more than one application at any given time, Android allows you to have several different programs operating in tandem, which means you don’t have to shut down an app to open another.

This kind of functionality is why Android owners swear by their devices and would never even contemplate picking up an iPhone, but it does come with one irksome caveat – it’s all too easy to lose track of what applications you have open and this can negatively impact the speed and performance of your handset.

The current Android operating system doesn’t feature any kind of task management out of the box but in keeping with the open philosophy of the platform, it should come as no surprise to learn that several industrious coders have created their own applications to suit the purpose.

Advanced Task Killer is arguably the cream of the crop. This intuitive app allows you to easily see what applications are currently running and offers the ability to terminate them quickly and easily, thus freeing up valuable memory for other processes.

Apps appear in a list and can be checked or unchecked using the tick box on the right-hand side of the display. Some apps – such as Googlemail or messaging – you’ll want to stay running no matter what activity you’re participating in. Handily, Advanced Task Killer remembers your selections, so next time you fire it up, previously spared apps remain unchecked whereas repeat offenders are ticked and ready to be shut down.

However, if you’d like to be more specific with your selections you can add an application to your Ignore list, which means that it will never be raised as a possible candidate for a task kill. Entering the settings menu allows you to view exactly which programs are on your Ignore list at any one time, so if you change your mind you can effortlessly alter the settings.

There are other neat features, too. You can choose to have Advanced Task Killer start at launch and there’s even the option to have it appear in your notifications bar for swift access.

This is one piece of software that will quickly become an indispensable tool in your Android armory. The best thing of all is that it’s free – although this is thanks to the paid-for adverts which appear at the bottom of the screen. If these prove to be too distracting then you can invest in the premium version, and show the developer a bit of support in the process.

Advanced Task Killer info

Ease of use:

Platform: Google Android

Cost: Free

Version: 1.4.4

Developer: ReChild

Website/Demo: N/A

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