One thing that the Android OS has always had in it’s favor is multitasking. The ability to leave things running in the background while you move over to other, more immidiately important tasks. The main issue with that, of course, is system memory. As processes are opened and left in that state on the device, random access memory, or RAM, becomes a precious commodity that can reach the state of short supply in an even shorter amount of time.
While there have been many apps that automatically kill applications no longer in use, these apps have been known to wreak havoc on the user’s device. Now, there is an app available called watchdog that does exactly what this reader thinks an auto killer should do.
Watchdog monitors the backend of the OS and looks for apps that are taking up a lot of CPU usage (a quick ram guzzler and battery killer) and kills the process. This can be a major plus for battery life as well as RAM, as it keeps you device running stable and kills off those rogue apps.
To quote a post from Digg:
Use a task manager wisely because Android has no idea when you are no longer using an application, use AutoKiller to better configure Android’s memory and process manager, and most importantly use a startup manager (Autostarts) to configure what applications start when your phone boots, and please tell everybody else about it. Use a better launcher if your phone comes with a crap one.
There you have it. In this writer’s opinion, this is an app with a lot of potential. You can pick up an ad-supported version for free, or pay the $3.99 to have it sans advertisements. To get it, just search the Market for “watchdog”, or scan the QR code below.