I am new to the world of android. after going through 4 less expensive brands and finding serious flaws in all of them (not connecting with internet, defect on screen, etc) i opted for the asus transformer tf300 . 1. i look at the Asus task manager, ES task manager, or settings>apps>running. they each show apps running that the others don't. the can't agree on what apps are running? 2. why are all these apps running? i didn't start maps, much less 2 instances of it, or google play store, or gallery, or.... . I can close all of them and then watch the task manager as apps open themselves. is this google running apps as it wants for its own purposes? what is the effect of all these useless apps? speed? information theft? 3. i find that if i hit the bottom left corner icons the wrong way (sort of with a swipe rather than tap) something called google search or google now opens. a white screen with a search bar at the top. the first time it tried to get me to agree to let it access all of my notes, reminders, calendar, everything, so that it could give me advice about stuff. it so generously let me decline "for the moment". iow, it is going to bug me again as some point. I don't know if this was there when i bought the tablet a couple of weeks ago, or came along with "upgrade"" from 4.0.3 to 4.1.1. iac, i'd like to get rid of it. any idea how to do that? i have a few others questions but i'll start other threads for them. thanks.