Background app execution
If iOS and Android can do it why can't Windows Phone? Like all the Timer apps on Android & iOS, they can update the badge numbers real time giving you a true countdown timer experience. Why cant Windows Phone do this? It should be able to do this! Would battery experience really degrade that much? If so me thinks this is a fundamental flaw in the OS!
Background Agents need a lower time schedule. If you can allow up to 25 seconds of processing every 30 minutes, why not allow 1 second of CPU time every minute? I understand saving battery but this is ridiculous. Apple has those little red circles which background agents can update locally REALTIME......we have local background agents that can do something every 30 minutes......this sux!
Background processes needs to be an option, not just background tasks for real-time apps. OPT-IN is better than no option at all for many realtime polling apps I'd like to make (thinking of things like real-time alerts for IP cameras, rather than relying on push notifications and an active internet connection).
I am unhappy with the way my Nokia Lumia notifies me for emails and messages.
Whatsapp is a widely used application and is very helpful for users without BBM. Now whatsapp doesn't run a background task in the windows phone 7.5 and thus i get notifications after hours of the time when the message was sent to me.
Also same is the scenario with Skype no background task for Skype and thus Skype has to stay opened if i want to stay online.
now coming to emails I get notification of emails received in the inbox but all the emails which are forwarded to a folder by a rule I have to regularly check those folder for email no notifications for those.
I will say the way application have to stay opened to keep them active is just awful when ever you hit back accidentally those applications are closed there is no way you can keep them in a background running and just notify you when something is new.
I wish windows phone could change that and keep it in the classic way the people loves it. The way multiple applications work hasn't changed in IOS, android and many other Mobile OS just because it is the best way multiple applications should work in the background.
Single task is back
Please support a task running in the background, or snap. And you can switch, similar to Win8.
Background task support has been in UWP and Windows Phone for a bit. Here is the current, up-to-date information as of me posting this.
I think you are asking the wrong question here... I can already do 99% of my timer stuff with the TileUpdateManager.AddToSchedule()... What I think you should be asking is to be able to Schedule Badge updates as well as tile updates.
Diego Pierangeli commented
The CPU limit should be equal to iOS (30 seconds and not 2) and let the user ask the time interval but let the system decide (same in iOS where the interval is not guaranteed)
Timmy Lind commented
Have you checked out "run under lock screen"?
That should get you what you need.
Luis Silva commented
If it's just to have a stopwatch I don't care about this, it really drains your battery if every app remembers to do something in background! I have already trouble really knowing witch app drains my battery every 30min!
After all, you can update your stopwatch once the user turns is screen on.
yes, background execution deserves more attention!
This would open WP for a lot of new kind of applications.
iOS is also restricted about this - but it offers much more possibilities.
And I never had battery problems on my iPhones caused by background tasks.
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Yea Zapp, backgrounding on WP is really terrible........might fire something in 30 minutes iff you don't have too many tasks.....pfft.......stuff like this just makes WP such a sucky alternative to what's already out there!
Yes please. I'm trying to run my stopwatch in the background, but I can't find anything but the silly background agent and scheduledtaskagent stuff. lame.