How Android RAM works and why Task Killers are harmful

Just kill your smartphone! Indeed, there is much, much, too much misinformation about the Android RAM, the Android Booster Task Killer and RAM; if you read on some forums (and maybe on some website run by some smart ass) that Android Booster Task Killer can increase the performance of your mobile by simply removing the RAM, you have fallen completely wrong! Do not worry, I will explain why, and at the same time I will give you some helpful tips to keep your smartphone in health without resorting to any RAM Booster.

How Android manages its RAM

First, before going to talk about Android Task Killer and their harmfulness, I need to frame clearly and precisely what actually RAM memory is, without going into detail and get lost in a futile overly specific language.

RAM is primarily an English acronym for Random Access Memory, and is to indicate a particular type of memory, incredibly fast, but that at the same time vanishes as soon as the smartphone (in the case of Android specific) is turned off. Basically, the RAM memory facilitates the management of files and temporary data which vary in size and substance very quickly, and that are very frequently used by the devices on which the RAM is mounted.

This type of memory, present in both Windows and Android, is handled quite differently by the two operating systems. Windows in fact the RAM memory is required on the computer to allow programs to run without problems or interruptions; When the RAM becomes scarce, the Microsoft operating system begins to use the free space on the hard drive as virtual RAM, but it is terribly slow and erratic than the real one.

On Android the process is very different.

In fact, Android has its own mechanisms that allow it to give the application the right amount of RAM required for it to work, but without waste; RAM is fast, by definition, and Android always tries to keep all the apps active within it. Those most frequently used, instead of course be closed by the operating system, they are kept active in the background, so they can be retrieved as soon as the user will realize without having to overload the RAM.

Why Android Task Killers are harmful

After this initial introduction, your judgment about Android Task Killer could be somewhat neutral: do not help your phone to get ten times the performance, but somehow it could be useful? Unfortunately no, and not only they are detrimental to the smartphone. Let’s see why.

1. During the process of increasing the RAM, Windows Memory applies a hard drive defragmentation process to gain more speed in process management, and this is certainly a good thing.

Android, however, is bad: the Google operating system uses it as a storage memory SD and microSD rather than a traditional hard drive; SD cards are special types of flash memory that do not need to be defragmented; rather. One of the main defects of the flash memories is represented by the limited number of times that a data quantity can be registered within the storage memory before it starts to show signs of aging; once defragmented, life expectancy (if it can be called) of an SD card is reduced.

2. Second, the Task Killer Android ensure free up RAM memory occupied by applications, and because they work in the background, is due to the fact that have been used frequently in the day, they went to occupy it; but Android, that needs to manage the RAM in order to run, it will only re-fill the RAM once to these applications. And it is certainly a slower process that to maintain the RAM in the expert hands of the operating system.

3. Finally, keeping active a Android Task Killer or an Android Booster that continually go in search of RAM to be released, do not forget that, being also an application, will occupy RAM in turn, with heavy repercussions on battery and the fluidity of the system.

Some sage advice on how to increase the performance of your smartphone

Of course I can not let you go without provide some alternatives to the Task Killer ;). In fact, if you try to increase the performance of your device, it will certainly not be through these applications will succeed, but thanks to a few, small steps.

Uninstall heavy apps : It is possible that you have many applications installed in your smartphone that can illegally occupy your RAM above the permitted levels and decrease the CPU performance. With Watchdog Task Manager you can keep an eye on the level of RAM occupied by the app and identify those to be discarded.

Always use lighter apps : You must install a torch for more than 15MB of memory? Of course not: Regarding apps you use most frequently, always remember to choose the lightest and on good terms with the management of energy consumption.

Turn off the sensors when they are not necessary : Switching on Wifi and Bluetooth, GPS constantly does not serve to anything but to decrease the power level of your device. Learn how to turn them off after each use.

Install a ROM : As I said already , install a different ROM from proprietary smartphone helps to greatly increase their capacity and performance, but beware; performed rooting only when you’re sure to be able to do so, after performing a nice backup and especially following the expiry of the warranty!