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From "Braden Shepherdson (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 14:41:07 GMT

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Braden Shepherdson commented on CB-1458:
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I'm not sure if there's anything we can do here. I'm suspect we aren't the only app or framework
that would have this problem. What about services that use a background process to play music
or download asynchronously or maintain the network uplink for a game? If there isn't something
specific about Cordova that makes this problem worse, I don't think we can fix users deliberately
crippling their devices.
                
> 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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