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[8]: Comment by Laurence
by dragos.pop on Wed 30th Jan 2013 12:11 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Laurence"
dragos.pop
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2010-01-08

I do not want to argue about Android's implementation on handling different screen size and resolutions. I do consider it the most advanced in mobile space.
But:

What "new space"? Unless the resolution is higher on the larger screens, there isn't technically any more space


The display has the role to convert digital information into something humans can sense. My eyes barely make the difference between two high DPI resolutions and they don't care about anything over retina display. And my hands... they care even less (and I don't have the biggest hands in the world). So the raw size of the screen technically can influence a lot the handling of an app (and android knows that or it would not care about DPI).

This said, Samsungs idea is good, and while I am not whining about the fact that google has not implement it yet, I do think it would be a nice addition. I haven't try it yet but an official, well thought implementation would be nice. So I would not bash Samsung for modifying android in this way. Android history proved that google learned a lot from it's OEM and integrated there best ideas.

Anyway, am I the only one who thinks that fragmentation is not a problem for android. Well it is regarding the updates, but not regarding different devices that do use the latest version of android.

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