Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Oh multitasking. That staple of computing that got thrown out the window with many modern smartphones. We got some rudimentary thing in its place - but even as multitasking on phone and tablets improves, its user-visible side remains cumbersome. Windows 8 has a neat implementation, and now it's time Android follows in it footsteps.
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Dear god no
by thesunnyk on Tue 30th Apr 2013 02:31 UTC
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Multi tasking looks horrible no matter the implementation. The OS should be a multi-process, multi tasking system, with services and processes running concurrently, but a user only does one thing at one time. With Android (and iOS too, for that matter), we have a system where the running state of an app simply doesn't matter.

Couple that with Android's way of sharing data between applications, and the pagey-nature of apps, and the application stack, and "multi-tasking", which is really code for "multiple windows on the screen at the same time", really doesn't matter. I think people are trying to replicate inefficient work practices on PCs with Android, especially since Android already has the tools to go between apps.

I want Android to get a "get data from" link between apps, and a "paste share" option. I'd also like several application stacks, and for them to be treated like stacks, with decent back button behaviour. That's powerful multitasking.

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