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Watchdog Task Manager

by Zomut, LLC
Rated: All Ages
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 3.6.7
  • Fixed single alert option.
  • Fixed translation where Estonian was showing up while phone was set to English.
  • Collection of fixes for crashes reported by users
  • Last mjor update for 1.5 users. The app will remain available, but new UI features will require 1.6 or above.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004JKQP92
  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,817 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Monitor running apps CPU usage
  • Get alerts for apps that eat up system resources
  • Whitelist apps that you know are OK

Product Description

Stop killing your apps randomly. Start monitoring them with Watchdog. You don't need a task killer. But you do need a way to make sure a background app doesn't lose control and eat up all your CPU. Watchdog monitors your apps and alerts when one loses control, allowing you to kill just that single app. Killing apps blindly can cause them to stop working as designed, and most app developers won't even take a bug report from you if you are using a task killer! From Android 2.2 on, the kill command works only on background apps, and they will likely restart immediately. Having lots of apps running doesn't hurt your phone at all unless they are doing something. In fact, killing an app and having it immediately restart simply consumes your phones resources. If you just leave the apps running, they will start immediately when you want to go back to it. So stop blindly killing all your apps; be smart by managing them instead. Good for all versions of Android.

Technical Details

  • Size: 598.1KB
  • Version: 3.6.7
  • Developed By: Zomut, LLC
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read only access to device state
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Access the vibration feature
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Allows termination of background processes
    • One or more permissions that have no effect because they are no longer supported in Android.
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 1.5
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 10 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy! June 16, 2011
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Unlike other 'task killers' this app is useful. I used the free version pretty regularly before. It was able to save me from huge headache. My Droid X would randomly slow down to a crawl for no discernable reason for an indefinite amount of time or next reboot. This app was easily able to tell me that the sorry Motoblur Email app was going haywire and sucking up 90-99% cpu. I was able to kill email app immediately and my phone was instantly back to normal.
Its not an app to just kill apps & tasks; those are NOT needed on Android since Froyo. While you do kill apps with Watchdog, its primary purpose is to monitor background apps, ie when you turn off your screen, and notify you if there's something that's using too much cpu. Threshold is selectable, as well as notifications. This is not a malicious app, see it in Android market for a better indication of this.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome app! April 27, 2011
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This app is great. there are a few annoyances that I would like to see implemented.

1. the list should be updated when it transitions to the foreground.
2. The widget should refresh when it transitions to the background.
3. Blacklist threshold values should either go down by .1% when decreasing past 1% or have an option to completely block a process from starting.

Aside from this watchdog is perfect for me!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Paranoids and EULA Worries June 16, 2011
By Jay
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I've used the Lite version of this App from the Android Market for Months now and was so satisfied with it I found no need to Upgrade. This App is infinately better then any Task Killer because of a Simple Fact, Most of the Processes aren't doing anything and will simply restart if killed (ie: the Amazon Appstore) Watchdog actually let's you view things like CPU and Memory usage, so you can actually kill only the Problem App. I find myself using the Memory usage of Apps to kill most because that's what Slows my Video player preventing me from Watching things. For those worried about the EULA, DON'T BE. I've read it and everything is just like every other EULA I've ever read. This App has never suspiciously connected to the net and has never stopped working, even without a net connection.

I can't say yet whether Paying is worth it but since it's free today I say get it. If your Reading this after the Sale head on over to Android Market and get the Free Lite version, you may be satisfied with just that. If you run into the Paywall too often, then you can consider Paying.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Dev's site people. Permissions explained. June 16, 2011
By Brad F.
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Seeing all the warnings about the permissions i decided to check out the Dev's site. The permissions, according to the dev, is for version usage stats. The data is collected anon, and you can disable it in the setting! 4 stars, because it could be clearer or included in the description. DO SOME 'LEG WORK' PEOPLE!!!

UPDATE:

I've personally emailed the DEV (found him through the regular Android Market). The component that reported Usage Stats through Flurry Analytics is NO LONGER part of the program, hence there is no option to disable it. Updating to 5 stars because the app does seem to locate 'leaks' in the system.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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to those complaining about permissions, do a little reading already how many times are you people going to give bad reviews based on ignorance and not the app itself?

These days you don't need task killers but this app is not the run of the mill task killer, works great and had helped me find a few apps that was killing my performance. using this i am able to see what the problem is and kill only the offending app.

I like it and would recommend it to anyone that loads a ton of apps and experiences slowdowns that otherwise would be hard to troubleshoot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome app on evo 4g June 16, 2011
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i have had the watchdog lite app for almost 2 years.....SO much better than a task killer for our androids ( 2.2 on up)....great to see what apps are mis behaving and using too much battery ! DONT GET A TASK KILLER...GET WATCHDOG ! HTC EVO 4G 2.3 GINGERBREAD
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars does what it says June 16, 2011
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So happy to see this as the free app of the day. helps me find the culprit when something is draining my battery. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have June 16, 2011
By oibm
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I have been using the free version for a good amount of time and have found this application to be must have one. Android does not need killers instead, it just needs a couple of eyes to be watching what's going on in the background just in case something is out of control. Watchdog is that application.

Thank you Amazon for giving access to such a good quality and functional app.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Don't remember it
Published 7 months ago by A.Bren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is by far the easiest app killer that I have ever used
Published 8 months ago by Rodney
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I got this free, can't complain.
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars No....!
It used to be great, but now its doesn't do much other than suck battery life. Look at the time line for these reviews, ancient history...
Published 10 months ago by John R. Hansen
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't see the point
I didn't find myself using this application at all. So many modern phones have easy to use standard applications that make ending applications a breeze.
Published 19 months ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great App
Why have just a task killer when Watchdog can give you that option AFTER letting you know if the app is actually a problem? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars useful app
I am not a power user, not do I fully understand the details of various implementations of the Android operating system. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mary Breden
4.0 out of 5 stars Battery Usage
Helps save battery usage. Would recommend to anyone that apps keep using up battery for nonsense. Battery last all day long now.
Published on May 10, 2013 by Steven K Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Was usful once.
This was a must have at one time but with all the new phones that take care of this in the background it really is obsolete anymore.
Published on February 23, 2013 by WhosYourChubby
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely indispensible!
This is still one of the best task managers on the market! I set this up to run in the background, and to alert me if something is going over it's resource limits. Read more
Published on January 24, 2013 by Michael R Fierro
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