The asynchronous task does not work properly (doInBackground does not run) when the service runs in the background, Android


I noticed that sometimes Async task does not work properly , Actually its doInBackground() method does not get called , this happens mostly when any service run in background for that activity. For Example , when music runs in background with service, the Async task does not parse XML in background as its doInBackground does not work that time and the progress Dialog or progressBar kept spinning.

I read in few articles that AsyncTask.THREAD_POOL_EXECUTOR can help in these issues like :

    new Test().executeOnExecutor(AsyncTask.THREAD_POOL_EXECUTOR);
} else {
    new Test().execute();

but that did not help in my case. Having the same issue after the above implmentation.

Here I am giving just a bit of my sample code to understand what I am doing::

public class TestAct extends Activity {

    ImageButton play,forward,backward;
    private ListView mList;
    // many more variables

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        //binding the service here
        // start service is called


    private void init(){


        new GetData().execute();

        play.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(View v) {
                // calling the play() method of ServiceConnection here

            // adding header to Listview
            // other code and click listeners


    class GetData extends AsyncTask<Void, Void, Void>{

        protected void onPreExecute() {

            // starting the progress Bar
            // initializing the Arraylist,Maps etc

        protected Void doInBackground(Void... params) {
            //parsing the XML here
            return null;

        protected void onPostExecute(Void result) {

            // stop the ProgressBar
            // Updating my UI here
                    // setting Adapter for ListView

This works fine generally but hangs when Service runs in backgound (I mean when music is playing in back).

I am not getting the exact reason behind this problem of Async task. Will mannual thread implementation help in this case ...??

Well, I think the problem is because "Service runs in main thread so when it runs, it blocks my AsyncTask to run"... So I think If we can run Service in background thread then that can help . Thats why I tried IntentService for running service in separate thread but I am in doubt... if IntentService can run for indefinite time similar to Service ... and Also IntentService blocks AsyncTask few times. So I dont't think its 100% perfect solutions for this kind of problem.

Can anyone help me to sort out this problem and understand the complete scenario.

Thanks in advance.

Sometimes you will want more control over your service's lifecycle than what IntentService gives you, in those cases you can just create a thread in the service and run your background code in that. Actually, to be more specific, create a HandlerThread which includes a Looper so you can use the standard android method for communication (messages) between your main thread and the background thread.

Answered here