There is probably more running on your BlackBerry than you know. You can get a quick glance at running services by holding down the menu button and bringing up the app switcher, but as in Windows, there are other processes running in the background. If you want your BlackBerry running at peak capacity you probably want to know exactly what’s running on it, and how those processes started running in the first place. There are certainly a few apps that help you monitor this usage, but I don’t think any match What’s Running in My Phone? in terms of quality and price. As a basic application manager, What’s Running passes the test. Oftentimes I’ll hit the escape button when closing Twitter for BlackBerry and then won’t find it in the application switcher. Yet, it’s still running. You can see this easily with What’s Running. What’s Running also provides quick, useful stats, such as the total number of apps running plus the number of apps waiting — i.e., apps that aren’t currently active but could potentially use memory with little warning. It also lets you know the percentage of all apps that are running. What I really like is that it tells you what apps run on startup. This can be a serious memory clogger, especially if the app runs in the background. You might have one or more apps starting when you boot up and you don’t even know it. What’s Running lets you know so you can stop it at the source. Or, barring that, you can just kill the app right there. Oh, and you know how some apps for you to re-start after installing? What’s Running can manipulate your BlackBerry’s processes and make that reboot unnecessary. If you want to get a grip on what your BlackBerry runs, you can get What’s Running in My Phone? for just 99 cents (down from $1.99). It works on OS versions 4.7 through 6.0.
What’s running on your BlackBerry?
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