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 Laurence on Tue 29th Jan 2013 14:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Laurence"
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10" is hardly a "smaller screen".

I wasn't suggesting a 10" tablet is small.

Let me refer you back to my original comment for better context:
I will say, I quite liked the idea behind Win8's multi-Window in (the artist formally known as) Metro. It's clean way of tiling Windows. But even that would only be practical on a larger tablet (such as this 10"). Anything smaller and managing Windows will be a nightmare

Thus my point you're querying is in reference to how most Android powered devices are 7" and under.

Edited 2013-01-29 14:39 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by Laurence
by some1 on Tue 29th Jan 2013 16:12 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Laurence"
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Well, no one's saying you need tilling on your phone. Just like you don't want tablet apps to be scaled up phone versions, and some apps have different layouts for tablets, you may well want more windowing features on bigger screens. It's true that so far Android is mostly on phones and 7" tablets, but now Google released the official 10". They didn't put much work into using all that new space compared with 7", though.

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RE[7]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Tue 29th Jan 2013 18:00 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Laurence"
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What "new space"? Unless the resolution is higher on the larger screens, there isn't technically any more space - it's just a lower pixel density. However to answer your point, Google did put a lot of work into supporting different screen sizes and resolutions.

The Android SDK is developed in such a way that each application can have different layouts for different screen resolutions and dimensions. So a 10" screen can display a slightly more tweaked interface than a 7" and a 4". (I expect you're already be aware of this much though).

All this has been in place since Android 2.0, but even with the maturity of the APIs, sadly not all developers write adaptive apps - which is why you see some that look scaled. This is then the fault of the app developers rather than a lack of support from Google (however I wouldn't go too hard on the app dev's, for reasons I'll explain later on).

It's also worth noting that a lot of phone / tablet OS's could not, until recently, handle different resolutions. Remember when the iPad was first released and apps had to be scales up? Then when Apple changed the aspect ratio on the iPhone and implemented the laughable "black bar solution" for existing apps. And WebOS (as much as I love that platform) was even worse; it wouldn't even scale up apps built in the same aspect ratio. So phone apps would literally have a huge amount of black space surrounding them when run on a tablet (if I recall correctly, HP designed a picture of a smart phone that the app would sit inside - to reduce appearance of the huge back frames - but even that looked tacky).

So if you really want to argue about wasted space, then perhaps you should look at how badly some of the competing platforms handle different resolutions and then how well Android phone and tablet applications coexist. And then if you still want to kick off at Google, then blame them for allowing Android to get so fragmented; because the real issue here is developers being overwhelmed rather than Android not bothering to take advantage of higher screen resolutions (and I can say this from personal experience having written a few Android apps myself).

But all of this is moot because it's so much easier for anonymous online personalities to whine about the lack of one feature that is almost entire useless on 99% of installs and not even present in all bar one of the competing OSs.

edit: and I realise I'm probably coming off as a bit of a Google-fanboy. I'm genuinely not. I just you're "making a mountain out of a molehill" (British expression, not sure if it's known else where ).

There's much worse issues with Android than the lack of tiling. So I'd rather Google spend their time addressing them first.

Edited 2013-01-29 18:04 UTC

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