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I appear to have found the magical search terms that led to some explanations from Google employees. Specifically, I found a couple of different places where Dianne Hackborn explains what happens when you swipe something out of the recent list. The first is a comment on one of her Google+ posts: [W]hat specifically happens when you swipe away a recent ...


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Swiping apps out of the recent apps list is vanilla, and yes, not well documented. This has been the topic of a decent amount of discussion on various Android forums... the consensus seems to be best described here in some comments: that the behavior is similar to but not exactly the same as closing an app -- in general (for apps that don't define explicit ...


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There's some info in the source code in the classes com.android.internal.policy.impl.RecentApplicationsBackground and com.android.internal.policy.impl.RecentApplicationsDialog. If I read these correctly, there are specific handlers for selecting the apps but nothing special for swiping them except for onDetachedFromWindow(), which calls ...


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I think it will do the same as the back button do. Except one little change. It will finish() all activity / fragments in the app. Just did a little testing with a little selfbuild app. You can test, too. Heres my testing app: https://bitbucket.org/Leandros99/lifecycletest (download available, too. For those who cant build.) In every Activity lifecycle ...


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This is because the Recent Applications list only displays the applications activities. In Android, an Activity is the "window" of the application. Google Talk and GMail always run in background, as a "Service", not an Activity. The application activity is killed by Android when it is not used, and this is the case with those applications, even if they still ...


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Google talk and Gmail each behave this way. I found this out by asking here actually. So when you drag down the notification bar, GMail and Google Talk will not appear in the recent apps list. However, you will see them in recent apps if you navigate to them using an application launcher. I'm not certain if the same is true for Google Voice.


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If you haven't opened the application in a while, it will naturally disappear from the list of recent apps. Try opening it with the widget and then going back to the home screen. If gmail is once again under you list of recent apps, you just haven't opened it in a while. If it doesn't appear at all, then the widget you are using doesn't add gmail as a ...


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Alas, most probably the answer is: No. Reason: Android's App model. An app exists of rather loose coupled components (Activities here) that may be launched independently from each other. Only when the main activity is launched as a separate task an entry in the recently launched list is created. Other apps can also launch an external activity (of another ...


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Judging from the fact that you are seeing previews of recent apps, I'm assuming your SGS2 is running Android 4.0 (or ablove). I don't believe you can exclude apps from "recent" list out of the box. This might be one of the few legitimate uses for the Task Killer kinds of apps. Basically if you set the task killer to always terminate the "Camera" or ...


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You can remove it from the list by just swiping it off. I don't know how to permanently remove it from the list, though.


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The recent applications list show only what applications have been recently used, it doesn't check whether they're still running or using memory/CPU. Therefore, this list doesn't affect battery use one way or the other. Instead, you might want to check Settings -> Apps -> [swipe to the right] to show running applications, processes and services. Here ...


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Here you go. Just move the icon to your homepage as a shortcut and you're good to go :) MoreRecent via droidforums.net


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You have to actually open the app from the launcher icon to get it to show up in your recent apps. Another case of it not showing up is when you access it via the notification bar when you click on your email notifications.


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I made a free widget to do this, you can get it from the Play Store here.


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The answer can be found between the lines to the question What actually happens when you swipe an app out of the recent apps list?. There, eldarerathis quotes some trustworthy sources: [W]hat specifically happens when you swipe away a recent task is it: (1) kills any background or empty processes of the application (see ...


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On my Nexus devices /sdcard/Pictures/Screenshots I think it's the default, odd really as it should go in with DCIM


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I don't know what Avast is doing there (I do not use any AntiVirus app, as I see no benefit from it). But as to the second part of your question: You should not really need to explicitly close an app, as Android normally does a good job taking care itself. For details, please see the Process LifeCycle description as described on the Android developers page ...


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I just tested it while writhing those steps and it's working if your phone is rooted. If you need a method without root, Just ask me and I will try to do some test. Download Tasker and open it then go in the preferences and uncheck the beginner mode. Go back in Tasker and open the "Profile" tab then click on the + symbol. If Tasker ask for a name, give ...


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To answer your question about launchers: Yes, they are like explorer.exe on Windows. Most launchers will replace the home screens and app-launching window. Some may even affect the app-switching, but you might have to play around with them. A short list (note: not complete) of Alternative Launcher apps: Nova Launcher ADWLauncher / ADWLauncher EX (Paid) ...


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I remember this being asked before This should do


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There is a Recent Apps Widget available on Google Play.


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App Bar Widgets just what you're looking for.


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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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