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It's not a limitation of Android, but a "feature" of the Youtube app to conserver resources. If you want to use Youtube as a music player, I think you should be able to find an application that allows you to do exactly that in the market. TubeMate lets you listen to only the audio of a Youtube file (you have to download it in advance, though), and that ...


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Video rendering, which would have to happen even if the application is not "active" but still playing, is going to use a lot more battery then "normal usage". So if you are not "watching" the video, it stops in order to not waste precious battery power.


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The general android behavior is to pause the application when you switch to some other app. It shouldn't cause data loss. In case the app is closed/killed by the OS while in background, it gives the app the option to save data in it's APIs. If an app is using this proper/recommended way, then it can resume altogether without any data loss, i.e. you can ...


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Long pressing on the home button will bring up the six most recently accessed apps and you can switch them. How many stay in the memory depends on your phone and the size off the app. Android keeps all opened apps in the memory until it needs space. There are countless apps that show what apps are running in your memory. Search the market for "app manager" ...


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In the "linux world", what android is at its core, free RAM is wasted RAM. The system will attempt to use up as much RAM as needed. If more is needed, and there are applications that are no longer requiring the RAM it has allocated, the system will free up the RAM from that application an allocate it to the new application that needs it. Having less RAM ...


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There will only be problems if you rely on background services to do processor intensive tasks. For example, on an older Android phone, music running in the background would skip when the CPU was set at a low enough clock rate. So to answer your question, only if it's noticeable to you.


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It happens when tab is unloaded from memory. Your thinking for multitasking is right, but just for multitasking, Android can't let device crashing happen, for example (device hardware resources are limited). There are many things which should be given higher priority than a background app. When foreground app needs high amount of memory, background apps are ...


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If you want an android app that would allow flexible management of the Youtube streaming protocols in a way that would support selection of just the audio portion of the media stream while discarding the video track, keep an eye on VLC for android. It is still 'under developement' but would probably address the 'audio only' feature. From a more technical ...


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As Matt mentions, you can long-press the home button to see the 6 or 8 most recent apps. I've also seen Itching Thumb suggested here before. As Matt also mentions, there are task manager apps. One is Advanced Task Killer (or Advanced Task Killer Froyo even) which can be configured to switch to the open app rather than killing it. BTW, if you search for ...


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There is a company that is working on doing this but they said they will not be releasing it to consumers, they want to go directly to OEMs: Onskreen.


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Autostarts parses the application manifests. That's really the best way. (There is a seemingly auto-generated broadcast_actions.txt file shipped with the Android SDK, but it's not complete, in my experience). Depending on what is wanted, you need to consider: That apps can broadcast custom events, and other apps may listen to those custom events. That ...


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According to several other similar questions on stackoverflow, such a list is not available via APIs. I'm not sure how apps like Tasker produce such lists. I wouldn't rule out iterating through all possible intents via the queryIntentActivities() function, or even parsing each installed app's manifest file.


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I'm not absolutely sure, but I believe that that is a feature of Samsung's TouchWiz (proprietary build of Android) and only works select Samsung tablets/phones, among them the Galaxy S5/4, Note 3. The LG G Flex also boasts to have "Dual Window", and LG G Pro 2 has QSlide for limited multitasking. Other aftermarket Android projects are working on it ...


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The window manager you saw is part of Samsung Android 4.x O.S. and only works on Samsung Tablets. There are lots and lots of differences between Samsung Android and Google Android. I did a quick comparison for the Galaxy S3 smartphone: here


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The script you mention also offers an option to make additional apps 'bulletproof'. Since I don't know which version of Supercharger you're running, I can't tell you the correct number of the mentioned option, but it's labeled BulletProof Apps {Hit or Miss}. It scans the current process list and gives you the option to name the app you want to make immune ...


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A raw native process can be created by any of the usual unix-like mechanisms. An android activity or service is usually forked off by zygote (in response to an intent), but I think there's an obscure way to start a vm by hand using app_process.


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If you have rooted your device and use a 'Villain' rom, you can find an option to change this setting in Villain Settings > Input settings > Long-press home settings. Realise you might not have this rom but it's worth a mention!


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Advanced Task Killer can be configured so that it always stays on the Notification Bar. And it can also be configured such that the "Default Click Action" will "Switch To" the application. I found it works good enough as a task switcher.


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The closest things I've seen so far are More Recent and Visual Task Switcher It doesn't appear that either of these uses long-press-home, but an alternate key-sequence. I've seem more mentions for More Recent. The Good and Evo review of Visual Task Switcher sounded like it's lacking somewhat. (I have not personally used either)



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