Service that runs every minute


I have a service that I am wanting to execute a task every minute in the background. It does not need to execute the task whenever the phone is asleep, only when the user is actively using it. I am trying to do this with an IntentService which is set up as follows:

public class CounterService extends IntentService{

    public CounterService() {

    public int onStartCommand(Intent intent, int flags, int startId) {
       return super.onStartCommand(intent,flags,startId);

    protected void onHandleIntent(Intent intent) {
        Toast.makeText(this, "onhandleintent", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            //one minute is 60*1000
            try {
                Thread.sleep(5 * 1000);
                Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "getting app count", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
            } catch (InterruptedException e) {
                // TODO Auto-generated catch block

Right now to get the functionality working I simply want it to display a toast every 5 seconds, I will change it to one minute later. If I have the while(true) commented out, then the "onhandleintent" message is displayed. However if I have the following code run, neither of the Toasts display. How can I fix this?

This will send an intent to your service every minute without using any processor time in your activity in between

  Intent myIntent = new Intent(context, MyServiceReceiver.class);
  PendingIntent pendingIntent = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(context,  0, myIntent, 0);

  AlarmManager alarmManager = (AlarmManager)context.getSystemService(Context.ALARM_SERVICE);
  Calendar calendar = Calendar.getInstance();
  calendar.add(Calendar.SECOND, 60); // first time
  long frequency= 60 * 1000; // in ms
  alarmManager.setRepeating(AlarmManager.RTC_WAKEUP, calendar.getTimeInMillis(), frequency, pendingIntent);

adjust MyServiceReceiver.class to match your target service or activity