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I found an Android tool that is very helpful to control when apps get started automatically. It is called autostarts. I have not seen it mentioned here before.Using autostarts you can examine for each event (e.g.change in network status, change of date, change in USB status) what programs get notified of the event. There are around a hundred events that are listed. I have used this program to stop a number of the Google Experience things from starting at boot time. I also changed some of the programs like calender and mail from starting on a variety of events. My PDN now comes up quicker, remains more responsive, and sleeps better with less interference. There are way fewer inactive tasks being reported. Very nice tool... Some caution is required. It would be pretty easy to screw up alot of things by indiscriminate disabling of key android programs like sync or settings.
 

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Which GE items are you disabling? ("Able to disable" just doesn't sound right.)Can you bypass the lock screen with it? (I've used Widget Locker as a workaround - which I kinda like, but I'm curious.
 

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I have stopped these from being loaded as part of the bring up process.google appscalendergoogle voicemy uploadsgoogle talk servicegoogle partner setupgmail storagemapsThere are also other apps I installed like yahoo mail and k9 mail that were being started for around a dozen different events. I stopped most of these automatic start ups as well.I could find nothing that would disable the lock screen... However I have had my system this way since yesterday and the lock screen does not seem to cause as many sleep disruptions as it has in the past. Tonight I'll try the real test... Can I let the PDN sleep overnight by turning it off with the lock switch. In the past it has always waken up.
 

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Sounds like Autostarts catches app activation at times other than start-up and that Startup Manager (the free alternative) only controls apps that start at startup.. Seems this might be an important distinction for the "light sleep" issue..Comments? Do apps actually start at other times/events if they have never been started at startup?
 

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I have autostarts 1.5.7 running... And I believe the difference is as davidr points out. autostarts does see startup event..plus 90 or so other events. I'm not sure how the apps get added to these events. But I have a theory...I think it is contained in the androidmanifest.xml. When the app gets installed it seems to get registered for the events specified there. You can go to settings - applications - manage applications. Click on an app and it's permissions are listed. So it seems that the programs don't need to actual run.. By being installed they could be loaded when triggered by the appropriate event..Hopefully someone who knows alot more about this than I do can answer definitively..cosmos
 

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As an update to yesterdays post... I did turn my PDN off last night using the slide switch instead of timeout. It stayed off all night with GE installed. So autostarts does allow you to neuter GE.. Even neutered you can access market to browse...but you cannot download. To download I had to undo most of the stuff posted above and reboot. But since I only download something 2-3 times a week this is a reasonable trade off for easy and deep sleeping without draining the battery.
 

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[quote name='cpetterborg;46712]Yes' date=' but funny you should ask that. I tried to go do anything else that required "su" and it rebooted the PDN. In fact, doing "su" from inside a terminal does too. I'm wondering if I have a corrupted su binary.[/QUOTE'] Yup, bad su binary. Now it is fixed and autostarts works for me now. Thanks for the hint!
 
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