For questions relating to the recent apps list. Older devices access this list by long pressing the home button, whereas newer devices (without hardware buttons) have a dedicated button on the right of the button bar.

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What actually happens when you swipe an app out of the recent apps list?

The recent apps list in Ice Cream Sandwich added the ability to swipe apps out of the list, thereby dismissing them permanently (and as far as I know this is a vanilla function, not a CM/custom ROM ...
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Why isn't gmail listed as a recent app when I long-press the Home button?

This would be helpful at times... I usually just end up pressing home and selecting the gmail widget from there but I've gotten used to long-pressing home to get to recent apps. Could it be due to ...
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Do applications that remain in Recent Apps list take up resources?

I always thought they remained memory residents but a developer told me otherwise. Is there a canonical answer to this?
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How can I exclude an App (camera) from the recent Apps list?

How to exclude camera from recent App list? (long-press Home Key in Galaxy S 2) I don't want it to appear in the Recent app list since it has traces/image of last captured image.
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Why does Google Talk never appear on the “Recent Applications” list?

I frequently will get a message on Google Talk. I will drag down the notification bar, click the message, and answer. However, if I then press "Home", and it occurs to me that I wish to send yet ...