Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Mobile
User Name
Linux - Mobile This forum is for the discussion of all topics relating to Mobile Linux. This includes Android, Tizen, Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, Maemo, MeeGo, Ubuntu Mobile, WebOS, Open Mobile Alliance and other similar projects and products.
A reminder that LQ now has a dedicated Android sister site:


  Search this Thread
Old 02-27-2013, 04:36 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Sep 2012
Location: Slovakia
Distribution: Mint 13, Ubuntu 12, opensuse 12.3
Posts: 11

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
kill apps by rewriting their code (Killer does't work!!)

I've a quite big subject about the andorid apps like google play, media...
they turn themselves on even if I kill them by killer - in fact it works only temporarily. After some time like maybe 10min they're on again. In linux there's cron-action scheduler where there are rules to turn on particular script/app. Is there some alteration of it in my droid(2.3 gingerbread) which make them turn on constantly or do I've to edit the code of each of them separatly?
Old 03-02-2013, 09:44 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: NJ, USA
Distribution: Slackware, Debian
Posts: 5,852

Rep: Reputation: 357Reputation: 357Reputation: 357Reputation: 357
You aren't supposed to be manually killing applications in Android, it has no effect. They will just come back on their own when the system needs them.
Old 03-03-2013, 01:36 AM   #3
David the H.
Bash Guru
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Osaka, Japan
Distribution: Debian + kde 4 / 5
Posts: 6,834

Rep: Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976Reputation: 1976
First of all, there's a dedicated Android Forum now for questions like this. See the panel at the top right for the link. Your LQ account is good there too.

Second, AFAIK, the only way you can truly control automatic services is to root your device first. Then you should be able to disable or uninstall just about anything you don't want.

For non-rooted phones, it seems the best you can do is try to disable or uninstall individual apps in the application settings. But not everything can be controlled this way, and of course they become completely unavailable until you reactivate them. And in the case of pre-installed system apps, it appears that you have to uninstall any and all updates to them first before it will allow you to disable them. I've disabled a lot of the pre-loaded crapware this way.

Finally, to address the previous comment, in my limited experience, while in theory you shouldn't have to force-kill apps, in practice I've found that you really do. A lot of apps appear to be poorly written and just don't idle properly. I've been using Advanced Task Manager, which has a feature for regularly killing running applications, and it has really improved my battery life. Yes, some of them just re-spawn right away, and most of them do come back when called in any case, but even knocking stuff out temporarily appears to help a lot.

(Caveat, I only just got my first smartphone (Galaxy S3) a few months ago, so I really can't say that much with confidence. Go to Android Forums if you want real answers.)
Old 03-03-2013, 06:49 AM   #4
Registered: Nov 2007
Posts: 312

Rep: Reputation: 46
In my view Android is poorly designed and was built on the concept of installing apps in a simple and friendly way. It's old and obsolete and if the folks at Google have a bit of brain left they should focus on improving ChromeOS and porting it to mobile. I doubt that the current Android development team has ears to listen.

But I do love tablets though.
Old 03-17-2013, 02:15 PM   #5
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2004
Distribution: FreeBSD Arch
Posts: 1,878

Rep: Reputation: 253Reputation: 253Reputation: 253
Old 03-18-2013, 06:30 AM   #6
Registered: Nov 2007
Posts: 312

Rep: Reputation: 46
Well it looks like they eventually have a bit of brain left.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: 12 killer apps for linux LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 06-11-2011 07:00 PM
The legality of rewriting proprietary code MALDATA Linux - General 10 11-30-2010 04:55 PM
LXer: 25 killer Linux apps LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 08-24-2008 01:30 PM
LXer: Top 10 Killer Apps For Linux LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 12-03-2006 08:21 PM
oom-killer: How to set priorities to kill processes guarriman Linux - Security 1 01-31-2006 10:03 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Mobile

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:44 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration