Application Resource Monitor now available to download for all BlackBerry 7.1 devices

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By James Richardson on 29 Aug 2012 02:40 pm EDT
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Depending on what version of BlackBerry 7.1 you have will dictate whether you already have the Application Resource Monitor pre-loaded on your device. Back in June this year RIM announced that the app would be included in future software builds, but with OS versions being so reliant on carriers, many of you will be without it. The app is now available to download from BlackBerry App World for free and may well aid you if you are having issues with battery life on your BlackBerry.

As the name of the app suggests it runs in the background and will automatically scan third party apps and then alert you of any running on your device that may be using up some additional power. You have the option to turn the app on and off and it works a real treat. I have been using it for a while and was quite surprised when it alerted me to an application I have been running on my BlackBerry for years.

The Application Resource Monitor is only available for devices running BlackBerry 7.1 at this time although it would be nice to see some support in the future for BlackBerry 6 users. If your BlackBerry will support the app it is well worth a download. You may interested to see how much battery life is being wasted unintentionally.

Features of the app include:

  • ARM monitors applications that are not in the user's focus
  • When an application is in the background
  • All applications when the display backlight is turned off
  • Users are notified of applications via the notification banner
  • Users are able to disable automatic closing of applications
  • Users can tell ARM to not monitor the application via the notification
  • Available for BlackBerry 7.1 only

More information/Download Application Resource Monitor

21 comments

SkaterGuy2k

Ya no more shortcuts haha

FrankDLR1972

The one app that always gets flagged on my Bold 9930 is BeBuzz.

q649

I recently updated to .649 for my 9900, which included a version of the application resource monitor. My battery life has very noticeably increased since the update.

Everytime I reboot the resource monitor stops Vlingo, there may be something wrong with the install (may not be Vlingo's fault), but the end result is improved battery life.

xenrobia

OK, I installed it. Now it wants to know if it should "Automatically Shutdown background draining applications". If I allow this, will I be given the choice of which apps to shutdown, or will it do it without asking? Personally, I'd like to have the choice.

Xader

I unchecked it. It has a bad habit of shutting down Pandora mid-song, or disabling Vlingo when it's trying to listen to commands.

I prefer to just be alerted.

xenrobia

Thanks Xader, there's not a lot of info indicating what does what.
So far I've had zero alerts, but then I've always set things up to have only the bare minimum running anyway, this App should make sure nothing slips through.

arhcangel

I didn't even realize it was there when I upgraded to 569 a couple of weeks ago. It flagged Pandora a couple of times then asked if I wanted to exempt Pandora. Now when I look at the properties it shows Pandora as not being monitored. It would be nice if you could preemptively tell it what to ignore but at least it's an option.

nickdaman

Humm Running my Blackberry Bold AT&T 9900 on OS 7.1.0.74 and nothing happens so i'm thinking that this might not work with this OS Version of 7.1

Rootbrian

Update to a later release and it'll work.

newcollector

This is a great app that I had on a newer OS build than I am currently running. It is one I missed because it shut down those apps you escape from or hit "close" in the menu but you have to hit "exit" for them to really close.

07thking

No flags for me yet! :)

hindsite74

Doesn't seem to work for me, just goes to an option screen? 7.1.0 on 9900

blgsllmtim

Likewise, doesn't seem to work for me either on my 9850 Verizon 7.1 Bundle 457 (v7.1.0.163) Platform 5.1.0.137. Hit Icon and nothing happened. Deleted and reinstalled twice, nothing, no change. I have deleted it until further updates come out about it.

Like stated above, I would hope to have control over each app to determine if I want to shut it down or not.

Also in Application Management there are the following screens (swiping left to right) APPLICATION, CPU , USUAGE, MEMORY, APPLICATION STORAGE, is this considered a type of Application Resource Monitor???

Thanks.

Rootbrian

No, it's not. It's a management application for applications and other system features. You've got an older release of 7.1.0.163. The latest is already available, if you check either Sprint or Verizon's website. We go by App version, not build or bundle version.

blgsllmtim

Thanks, greatly appreciate the information.

Not ready to upgrade o/s as I have my 9850 set up just the way I want it and with about 30 app which, from pass experience, some will have to be reconfigured including ring tones and profiles also icons will have to be reset to where I want them, to much hassle right now, especially if I upgrade to BlackBerry 10 later on.

But my next question is....why isn't the application resource monitor working on my current o/s when it still 7.1???? Any information on this issue.

Thanks,

blgsllmtim

Thanks, greatly appreciate the information.

Not ready to upgrade o/s as I have my 9850 set up just the way I want it and with about 30 app which, from pass experience, some will have to be reconfigured including ring tones and profiles also icons will have to be reset to where I want them, to much hassle right now, especially if I upgrade to BlackBerry 10 later on.

But my next question is....why isn't the application resource monitor working on my current o/s when it still 7.1???? Any information on this issue.

Thanks,

NFLPLAYBOOK

Thanks for the tip. I don't think I have a problem but it's nice to have an app to make sure that I don't or won't in the future.

Kaymau5

This application is brilliant, I recommend to all of you my fellow BlackBerry 7 friends, since I updated to this Leaked OS, last night I tried to download using Operamini browser, the application told me that Operamini is draining battery, and gave me the option to give it permit to download, or not give it permit.
Up to so far, OS and the application are working very good.

all3n7

yes, i have this on my bold 9930 ( Sprint ) and it works so well. The App that keeps popping is the " App locks " but its really make a lot of difference. My battery now last longer than before. This is a Super Awesome monitor, " get it or regret it "

rarsen

Hi James,
Notice that you still refer of BB as RIM, a minor detail but not totally accurate. Keep up your all around good work.

Cheers from Canada, rarsen