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Android Usage Tips: Effective Management and Closing Apps on Android

One of the best features Android has is multitasking.  The ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and being able to switch between them with ease is something that can make a user more productive.  In this age of dual core and quad core processors and RAMs of more than 1GB on a mobile device, multitasking is more practical than ever because devices can handle the extra workload simultaneously.

Although other devices could handle multiple tasks, Android devices are better in switching and managing these tasks.  There is a simple yet effective way for a use to prevent system slowdown while multitasking – to switch between tasks and terminate the ones not in use.  These methods are addressed in this post.

Switching from one application to another on any Android smartphone

To start with the basics initialize an application then press the Home button.  Pressing the home button minimizes the application to run quietly in the background.  When you are on the Home screen, you can go ahead and open up any other application that you want to use.  The good thing is that you can initiate as many applications as your memory can handle.

However, note that the more the applications you run the more the memory used hence the slower the device and the more the battery charge used.  To switch from one application to another, press and hold the Home button to bring up a new screen.  This enables you to easily switch to the program that you want.

Managing and closing Applications

If you have more applications running than you need, the system resources namely the RAM and the processor will run slower and the battery will drain faster.  The simplest solution is to open the phone settings by going to Applications then Manage Applications.  This tool will enable you to see the applications that are running and you can terminate those that you are not using.

If you have a Motorola device with a Motoblur interface, it is even easier to manage apps.  Just go to start then hit the Menu button and go to Manage Apps.  Point to Running and see the applications running in the background – including processes in Motoblur.  Another alternative is to download a third party application manager that will allow you to allocate shortcut buttons or gestures to access the task manager faster.

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