Linked by the_randymon on Tue 29th Jan 2013 01:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Samsung's recent Android 4.1.2 upgrade for the Galaxy Note 10.1 adds power and flexibility to the company's unique offering of Android multiwindowing features. With this update, the Galaxy Note 10.1 can run up to 16 multiwindow-enabled Android apps at once, Windows/Mac-like, on a single screen. Apps endowed with Samsung's multiwindow technology are usable in three viewing modes: full screen, dual view, and cascade view." There are already some complaining this represents a dangerous fork of Android. I thinks it's a step in the right direction.
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RE[10]: Comment by Laurence
by some1 on Wed 30th Jan 2013 23:26 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by Laurence"
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I think we're both missing the point to be honest. But that's what happens when any discussion on here reaches this many replies.


I hadn't forgotten that Google is an app developer. I've just not used their apps at that high a resolution before and, until just now, nobody had mentioned that problem.

That was my point all along: Google didn't really optimize their own apps for 10", and it will take a long time till most apps in the store will be optimized. Some apps just don't have enough content to put on 10". A number of iPad apps I've seen just put a large image on the background: good if you just use it as a fancy photo frame, bad if you want the most of your device.
Some OS level solution like tiling can improve things for many apps without developers spending their time on it, or spending less time. It may not be perfect or work for every app, or be the top thing Android needs, but it's a useful thing to have.

My point was quite clear when I said you were making a mountain out of a molehill. You're basically bitching about trivial things.

Except that I'm not bitching. You're bitching at Samsung. I'm saying their goal is right, and the implementation will improve. In pretty much every category Samsung starts with crappy products and works their way up to being among the best for the money.

* a clampdown on malware (I'm not even sure how Google would go about this, but there is a serious issue there)
* fixing their abysmal emulator in the SDK
* addressing the fragmentation issue (and I don't mean stopping companies like Samsung from adding Windowing - I mean companies shipping incompatible ROMs)

IIUC Google is working on all of these.

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