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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Recently used applications list
by phoenix on Mon 19th Dec 2011 23:08 UTC
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It's a little bit worse than iOS, even, since you're limited to those six applications, whereas on iOS you can scroll back pretty far.

This is controlled by the launcher, and not Android itself. This "6 applications" limitation is from TouchWiz, in your case.

I've replaced the SE launcher on my Xperia Pro with Go Launcher Ex, and the recently used applications list shows many more than 6 icons (I've seen up to 12, 3 rows of 4 icons).

And, with Android 4.0, this gets even better as the recently used applications list shows icons for apps that aren't running, and thumbnails of apps that are running, making it even more useful. Of course, the phone vendor is free to screw this up along with everything else. ;)

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