What does the "@" symbol in front of the time given in the right column of Running Applications/Services mean?

See screenshot below.

Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) OS: 4.2.2

Running services
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  • What phone and Android version is this on?
    – geffchang
    Oct 9, 2013 at 7:19
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), 4.2.2 Oct 9, 2013 at 7:58
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    We have the same phone and Android version, but I haven't seen those symbols on my phone. Hmmm.
    – geffchang
    Oct 9, 2013 at 8:23
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    All my Nexus 4.3 devices don't show this either. Seems like it's Sammy specific (maybe even for some sub models only)
    – ce4
    Oct 9, 2013 at 8:50
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    My 4.2 Nexus 10 gives an = sign on Google Services, but no @ signs.
    – Dan Hulme
    Oct 9, 2013 at 10:31

2 Answers 2


It means that the process has been running longer than 99 hours, 99 minutes, and 99 seconds. It's a formatting bug.

The second hour digit, after reaching '9', will simply continue with the next characted from the ascii alphabet:


Where in this case ':' means 10, ';' means 11, '<' means 12, etc.

For example, '<5:12:34' means 125:12:34 and '?5:12:34' means 155:12:34.

It's fixed in Android 4.3

The Related bug report is here: http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=41401


I don't have a Samsung Galaxy S4 but based on the information provided it seems like this is the time frame since the services has been active (i.e. Service "com.sec.phone" started about 1:46:26 ago). I can see that this is the case because a few other services have the same start time, at which point you either turn your phone ON (and Android initiated those services automatically).

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