If there is one thing that has found its permanent place in a household, most of us would agree to the answer Android smartphone. Literally, we are in a world unimaginable without android and smartphones. Sometimes, I really feel jealous about Google.
With myriad of customizable features available, it is no surprising fact that Android clearly dominates the market. It is a win-win situation for both the users and developers. When Google introduced play store, never in their wildest dreams, would they have imagined such an immense reception. It became a blockbuster hit that the store is populated by millions of apps. Developing applications were not anymore the code geek’s strength. Someone at some point of time said- “Anybody can cook” (that’s right, thanks to Ratatouille.). Well, it’s dated now. The new saying goes like this- “Anybody can create app”.
Smart phones have grown since then, to such a point that you could find a 2GB RAM phone for well under Rs. 10,000 (My PC has only 2GB RAM). This is an evident proof for how big the android user community is. Whenever there is demand, the supply also increases. Thus, the smartphone users began to stack up their memory with loads and loads of apps. Be it useful or not, apps always found a place in the phone.
Let’s take an example. Give a person a small load and ask him to run. He would do the task without much of a fuss. Now keep on adding the load and you could see remarkable downgrade in the performance of the person. This simple logic is applied as such in case of phones too. When you push the capacity of the phone, it simply slows down or may be even crash.
RAM, or ‘memory’ as many would call it, applies a simple quantity basis logic- the more there is, the better. RAM contains resources which are consumed by the apps that users install on a phone to do what they are intended to do. Every app needs a bit of memory to run and it is made possible by sharing of the available memory. Naturally, if there are a lot of apps, it results in a queue of apps trying to use the resources.
The memory boosters are born:
The solution to the above problem is simple. Kill the apps that are not in use or not used for running the system. The explanation- Lesser number of apps means more free memory, less queuing and ultimately a zippier experience for the users. This could be easily done by manually stopping the apps or by clearing data in the in-built apps manager.
We have always experienced a fact- Technology increases laziness. So the third party developers thought- Why don’t they make an app which basically does the same in one click. Poor developers must have meant to make a task easy from their heart. But some easy goers used this opportunity to make substandard booster apps. That was the period when the store was flooded by boosters from various individuals and companies.
How it works?
From the simple explanation given earlier, memory booster apps primarily lessen the number of applications by switching off or killing the apps that are running in the background wasting the resources.
It is absolutely a harmless process, when it is programmed smartly and correctly. Unless that is the scenario, the booster apps tend to kill the essential apps that may cause trouble to the normal functioning of the phone. The result being the operating system just spending more RAM in turning the apps on.
For an Android user, the case is simple. They just have to figure out which memory booster apps are smarter in choosing the non-essential apps and ultimately give you a good experience with the device.
So, does it work really?
Now, this is a really difficult question. It would be better to reframe this question- Does it do what is tells? Then for most of the good apps, it is a Yes. Memory booster apps clearly specifies in their description part that it will clean memory. Going by the process, it is exactly what it does.
But since I am a smartphone user myself, I gave it a try with multiple boosters. Some of them were even rated well by the app comparison sites. There were even some ‘expert’ (citation needed) testimonials. I never really did feel the boost. Supposedly, all it does is to defragment the RAM, and keeps your phone running snappy. It even has a task killer one click button. You got to admit it, that’s really a task killer. Every half an hour, it will notify us to clean, where we end doing the same thing.
Still, like every technical element, it has some Pro’s:
Some of the smart booster apps have displayed the following merits.
- Real time memory status monitor
- Performance target settings
- One click quick memory boosting
- Auto boosting while running Background
- Protection from System Crash etc…
The real part, the Cons:
- Substandard apps tend to kill essential apps
- Some apps tend to crash the system, in contrary to its purpose.
- While killing apps can be done manually without much effort, the booster app consumes extra memory in such cases.
- Some apps gets really big after regular updates.
- Some developers leverage on the ease of use feature of the app to make it look more useful than it is.
The best method would be to spend some time in knowing Android. The apps can be manually stopped, clear data and clear cache features help a lot in reducing the memory usage. But if users are not ready to do that, then it is imperative on them to apply brute force methods to find out which booster app is the best.