Background process

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A Background process is a computer program that has no User Experience components.


  • Computer systems typically interact with users (or with other process) as the primary function of the system. The part of the system that is reacting to these external events it typically called the Foreground process while the other parts of the system are referred to as the Background process.




Most current versions of Smart Phones now include the ability to start background processes. Due to hardware limits, background processes on mobile operating systems are often restricted to certain tasks or consumption levels. On Android, CPU use for background processes is bounded at 5 - 10%.[1] Third-party applications on Apple's iOS are limited to a subset of functions while running in the background. On both iOS and Android, background processes can be killed by the system if they are using too much memory.


  1. Matt Buchanan giz-explains-how-multitasking-works-on-a-phone Gizmodo (2010-04-21)