[bug] Android app processes sometimes running without app open

asked 2015-01-20 12:13:27 +0200

Jolly-Jo gravatar image

updated 2015-02-09 12:08:54 +0200

Last night I found an org.mozilla.firefox process running without having Firefox open. Several hours had passed since last using firefox. Apparently, and according to jolla this should not happen. (Link provided by an answer to Can application Android services run in the background in Vaarainjärvi?) I'm on Vaarainjärvi.

Also, in comments to the above mentioned question, as well as comments to the question Why not shutdown aliendalvik after closing last Android app? people have reported receiving notifications from android apps without the app being open.

EDIT: Just to be clear: I've not been able to reproduce this after last night, so it does apparently not occur often. Anyway, I think it's something that should be investigated, especially since I also recall reading here on together about a skype process starting by itself.

EDIT2: Since some users think that Skype's behavior is the expected one, let's forget about that example and stick with my original problem with that 'orphaned' firefox process. Just to make it clear: IMHO there should be a clear rule which determines whether or not an app can have background services. So I also see the Skype process as part of the bug, also because it just sometimes appears, not always.

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I guess you didn't use the 'swipe down' to close firefox?

rudi ( 2015-01-20 13:52:26 +0200 )edit

I'm pretty sure I did use swipe down, that's what I always use. Pressing the back button seems to only minimize apps, not close them.

Jolly-Jo ( 2015-01-20 13:56:38 +0200 )edit

for android autostarts, there is this question:

rudi ( 2015-01-21 13:09:57 +0200 )edit

I think it's a different issue. The question you linked to is about auto-starts after a boot. That firefox process I saw has not been there after boot. (I did check for android processes a few times that day since I experimented with disabling Dalvik alltogether.) So the process I saw either stayed in memory after I stopped Firefox, or then it was started using some other mechanism.

Jolly-Jo ( 2015-01-21 13:13:34 +0200 )edit

@Jolly-Jo: the link is for the Skype start, you added to your question. not the firefox problem. skype is a typical app running always in the background

rudi ( 2015-01-21 13:17:27 +0200 )edit