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Peter Sorotokin
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Hi
In the book that I am reading there is a phrase :

"Even if an application has only one activity and the activity is killed, the
application will still be running in memory"

In this phrase , the underlined word killed , does mean onDestroy() ???
If yes , In several book , I read that when onDestroy() is called by Android , the resourses
that were ocuupied by application will be free ???
I am confuses . Which one is correct ??? The phrase that I mentioned or the things that I read in
several books ???
 
Ulf Dittmer
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If you check the javadocs of the Activity class you'll see that onDestroy will be called before the Activity is terminated.

But an application will normally consist of more than just a single Activity - there could be other activities still running, or services, or broadcast receivers, or providers. Each has their own associated set of resources. Only if none of those components run any more will all of the application resources be disposed of (like an android.app.Application if there is one).
 
Irina Goble
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Peter, in what context did you find that sentence? The key word here is activity. As Ulf said there are other app components. Plus, if an activity is killed because of low memory it still can have its state saved so it can be recreated when the app comes in the foreground. The best place to learn about this is the Activity page.
 
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