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From "Simon MacDonald (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-1458) Android's new "Limit background processes" setting in "Developer options" breaks key PhoneGap functionality.
Date Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:45:07 GMT

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Simon MacDonald commented on CB-1458:
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+1 to Braden's comments.

Perhaps we can add a docs issue to inform developers of this issue or is there some way we
can detect the "No background processes" setting and warn users?
                
> Android's new "Limit background processes" setting in "Developer options" breaks key
PhoneGap functionality.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CB-1458
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CB-1458
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Android, CordovaJS
>         Environment: Android 4.x.x
>            Reporter: trusktr
>            Assignee: Joe Bowser
>            Priority: Critical
>
> As of version 4.x.x, Android introduced a new ability to limit background processes down
to zero in Settings >> Developer Options >> Limit background processes.
> I'm not sure if this bug exists with the latest PhoneGap version, but I noticed it using
PhoneGap apps for android from Google Play.
> After setting the option to "No background processes" I noticed the following. If I try
to use the Media abilities of PhoneGap in an app to chose a photo or file from my system,
then when the selector application returns, the PhoneGap app will restart from the beginning
because it's background process was terminated.
> If I set the option back to "Standard limit" then everything works just fine.
> What do we do about this? Personally, I prefer to have the option set to "No background
processes" to prevent apps from needlessly wasting resources. It works great and some apps
won't get terminated if they subscribe to Android's messaging system the proper way and will
be dormant.
> Anyways, with the setting turned to "No background processes", I've experienced apps
that still work properly. I think there must be some way to fix this with PhoneGap.
> This is a big deal because users should be allowed to set the option to "No background
processes if they so desire."

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