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Watchdog Task Manager

by Zomut, LLC
Rated: All Ages

Price: $3.49
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This app needs permission to access:

  • Allows termination of background processes
  • Access the vibration feature
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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



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 )
  • Allows termination of background processes
  • Access the vibration feature
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
  • Read only access to device state
  • 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The only task killer for Android worth installing on your phone! Mainly because it doesn't kill tasks unless you specify exactly which ones to kill, and when. Arbitrarily killing back ground apps in Android 2.0+ necessarily kills your battery faster and hurts performance.

To the guy wondering who is doing it wrong regarding the Free App of the Day: its you. Millions of FAotD downloads have occurred with only a select, ridiculous few getting charged. Wait for the actual time the app is SUPPOSED to be free and it will be. What a Novel idea!
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