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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Why?
by sb56637 on Tue 29th Jan 2013 04:10 UTC
sb56637
Member since:
2006-05-11

I don't get it. Why would I want to see multiple apps running at once on such a relatively small screen? What I would rather see is a way to keep ANY app running in the background without it specifically being coded to do so. And, here's the kicker... I want to be able to close it! Without killing it with the back button. No matter what they say, I still think I'm smarter than Android is when it comes to managing my device's memory. I'm organized enough to remember and to choose which apps will keep running and which will be closed.

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RE: Why?
by saso on Tue 29th Jan 2013 08:11 in reply to "Why?"
saso Member since:
2007-04-18

I want to be able to close it! Without killing it with the back button.

Tap app switcher button, swipe unneeded app away; app closes.

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RE[2]: Why?
by bentoo on Tue 29th Jan 2013 17:52 in reply to "RE: Why?"
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

"I want to be able to close it! Without killing it with the back button.

Tap app switcher button, swipe unneeded app away; app closes.
"

Actually app sometimes (or partially) closes.

Edited 2013-01-29 17:53 UTC

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RE: Why?
by Kochise on Tue 29th Jan 2013 14:19 in reply to "Why?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Have you tried WebOS and its cards ?

Kochise

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RE: Why?
by bentoo on Tue 29th Jan 2013 17:44 in reply to "Why?"
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

...I still think I'm smarter than Android is when it comes to managing my device's memory. I'm organized enough to remember and to choose which apps will keep running and which will be closed.


Sure. But what about your battery? Managing the dozens of the background tasks on Android is a full time job.

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RE[2]: Why?
by cdude on Wed 30th Jan 2013 09:59 in reply to "RE: Why?"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

What dozend of background tasks you refer too? At Android apps in background may closed anytime and are restored when you switch back making them irrelevant for battery.

Only exceptions are services which register themselfs so Android does keep them running even in background. There are not dozend of them. There are usually zero as default (except you copy a file or download in which case a service is running till the job is done).

The argument with manually managing closing apps to save battery is not really one. Just move them to background and trust the system to close them if they consume to much mem/cpu/battery. No point in doing it manually except for your own feeling of control and habits from other OS's.

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RE: Why?
by tomz on Wed 30th Jan 2013 21:47 in reply to "Why?"
tomz Member since:
2010-05-06

If you need to look up multiple things and/or do multiple cut-pastes, e.g. from a web page to an email.

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RE: Why?
by zima on Tue 5th Feb 2013 18:13 in reply to "Why?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

No matter what they say, I still think I'm smarter than Android is when it comes to managing my device's memory. I'm organized enough to remember and to choose which apps will keep running and which will be closed.

Well, most people tend think they're smarter than they really are - illusory superiority (and similar) is one of more widespread cognitive biases ;P

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