Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:11 UTC
Google Once upon a time, in a land, far, far away, there were two mobile operating systems. One of them was designed for mobile from the ground up; the other was trying really hard to copy its older, desktop brother. One was limited in functionality, inflexible and lacked multitasking, but was very efficient, fast, and easy to use. The other had everything and the kitchen sink, was very flexible and could multitask, but had a steep learning curve, was inconsistent, and not particularly pretty.
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RE: Windows Mobile
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 19th Dec 2011 22:11 UTC in reply to "Windows Mobile"
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As for task switching, I think ice cream sandwich will address some of your complaints, as it has a dedicated task switching button. However, there's a gesture where you can 'swipe away' apps to get them off the list, but that doesn't actually close down the apps - just removes them from the list. Google seems hellbent on making sure users don't have the ability to close down apps when they know they're finished with them, and anybody who says apps in the background aren't really running has obviously never used the Navigation app.


Task switching is one of the things that has bugged me the most about Honeycomb (Moto Xoom)... I end up rebooting every 3-4 days, just to clean up the list of running applications. And the task switching mechanism seems terribly clunky after using WebOS or the PlaybookOS, but that's another rant.

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