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[5]: Comment by Laurence
by WorknMan on Tue 29th Jan 2013 06:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Laurence"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Really? Why was it open sourced then?


Honestly, I have no idea. Since Google keeps the main code base under lock and key, opening the source code seems to serve no other purpose than to ensure that vendors can fragment the shit out of it. It's bad enough that people consider the Kindle Fire to be an Android tablet (which it isn't):

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/01/kindle-fire-nabs-33-of-andro...

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RE[6]: Comment by Laurence
by przemo_li on Tue 29th Jan 2013 06:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Laurence"
przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

Shortsighted and lacking proper fact hunting opinion.


Google incorporated DOZENS of vendor specific features into its upstream Android.

If fact most of UI features where at least inspired by OEM's software.

This time it will be same thing. Google will at least add split mode.

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RE[6]: Comment by Laurence
by henderson101 on Tue 29th Jan 2013 10:44 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Laurence"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

"Really? Why was it open sourced then?


Honestly, I have no idea.
"

Because they use GPL code and the license dictates that they must provide the source code for any changes they make?

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RE[7]: Comment by Laurence
by some1 on Tue 29th Jan 2013 14:10 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Laurence"
some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

Bullshit. All Android user space is Apache or BSD licensed. They only had to provide sources for the kernel.

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