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How to use Flash on Android, are extended batteries reliable, task management, and more - Android Q&A

On this edition of the Android Q&A, we talk about how to use Flash on Android, whether extended batteries are reliable, RAM management, and more.
February 6, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. In today’s show, we talk about how to use Flash on Android, whether extended batteries really work, and a lot more. Let’s get started!

Question 1

What is the best app to watch flash content? – Big Shot Rob


You can download the FlashFox app from the Google Play Store here.

Question 2

I was wondering if unofficial extended batteries are trustworthy and reliable for my S4. – Iziris


Extended batteries are usually trustworthy, as long as you stick with popular brands that are known for their extended batteries or battery cases, such as Zerolemon, Hyperion, and Anker. According to some comments, users have been able to extend their battery life by more than a day.

Question 3

Why is the RAM on Android always near full? Do I have to kill all the apps from the task manager? – Faisal Nimri


Android is a multitasking Operating System, which means that apps usually keep running in the background, until you turn them off. So, the RAM being used is for the OS, background processes, and applications that you’ve opened. On some phones, this can take a lot of space, for example, Samsung devices running Touchwiz, because of a lot of extra processes and apps running in the OS.

If you need to manage your RAM better, it’s really easy. All you need to do is open the native task killer, also known as Recent Apps, and you can kill apps by swiping away what you don’t need. Processes may still be running, but the system itself will close them eventually. There different ways to open Recent Apps, depending on the manufacturer of your device. For example, Nexus devices have a dedicated software key, old HTC devices have a dedicated capacitive hardware button, while on new HTC devices you can set it to either a long press of the home button or back button, and on Samsung devices, a long press of the Home button should do the trick.

Task Managers are actually a bad idea, as some of them may kill apps in a way that cause the app to malfunction. It’s been said that app developers won’t take, or pay attention to, bug reports from people who use task managers, because of the unnatural way in which the apps are killed. The best practice is to use Recent App to end tasks, and then let the system handle the RAM.

As always, keep sending us your questions in the comments section below, in the comments section of the Youtube video, or on Google+, and we’ll try our best to get you the answers you need. See you next week!