Archive | March 2013

Free version of User Manager available, new feature for managing running processes


User Manager is an app for Android 4.2 devices. The app offers more functionality to the limited multi-user feature. Now you can share your installed apps between all your users.

When User Manager was introduced in December 2012 it was only available in Google Play as paid version. Now there’s a free version available too. The free version comes with just the same features like the paid version, however it’s limited to managing one guest account only.

There’s a new feature available too….

Manage running processes

When often switching between user accounts then after a while your device is not feeling so responsive anymore. What you maybe don’t know is that the apps of all user accounts are still running in the background. With User Manager you can easy monitor what apps are running on which account, and stop them.

Running_tasks

If you are familiar on how the Android system is working then you know that apps are coming back when you stopped them. Apps that are listening to system events (like receiving a new Email or instant message) will automatically be restarted by the system. Unfortunately his also happens when stopping apps on other user accounts.

So what do you wanna do? Wait for a task killer that supports multiple user accounts and let it drain your battery even faster? No thanks! User Manager comfortable lets you stop all activities on other user accounts. Just select “Running Processes” and select “Kill all” for each user account you currently don’t need. This freezes the user account and only brings it back to life when you switch accounts again. No background service is running to keep killing restarted apps!

PRO-TIP:
If you don’t see the running time for each process then you need to install busybox. You can install it for example by using this handy app by Stericson: Busybox installer

Little surprise coming?

Currently Google has limited the multi-user feature to tablets only. Some people already managed to enable it for phones when using Custom ROMs. From the beginning User Manager was designed to support phones as well. So if you run such custom ROM then you’ll see it scales nice on the small screen:

UserManager_on_GalaxyNexus

Teaser: now if this was only possible on a stock ROM.

Now get it on Google Play!

Feel free to grab the Free version or PRO version