Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Oh multitasking. That staple of computing that got thrown out the window with many modern smartphones. We got some rudimentary thing in its place - but even as multitasking on phone and tablets improves, its user-visible side remains cumbersome. Windows 8 has a neat implementation, and now it's time Android follows in it footsteps.
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Dear god no
by thesunnyk on Tue 30th Apr 2013 02:31 UTC
thesunnyk
Member since:
2010-05-21

Multi tasking looks horrible no matter the implementation. The OS should be a multi-process, multi tasking system, with services and processes running concurrently, but a user only does one thing at one time. With Android (and iOS too, for that matter), we have a system where the running state of an app simply doesn't matter.

Couple that with Android's way of sharing data between applications, and the pagey-nature of apps, and the application stack, and "multi-tasking", which is really code for "multiple windows on the screen at the same time", really doesn't matter. I think people are trying to replicate inefficient work practices on PCs with Android, especially since Android already has the tools to go between apps.

I want Android to get a "get data from" link between apps, and a "paste share" option. I'd also like several application stacks, and for them to be treated like stacks, with decent back button behaviour. That's powerful multitasking.

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RE: Dear god no
by kragil on Tue 30th Apr 2013 12:45 in reply to "Dear god no"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Sorry, but I can do more than one thing at a time. So all you wrote is wrong.

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RE[2]: Dear god no
by ninja_in_pajamas on Fri 3rd May 2013 14:04 in reply to "RE: Dear god no"
ninja_in_pajamas Member since:
2007-07-26

Well... that's a blunt way to put it. So here's the nice version.

The Beanz ROM on the Galaxy Note 2 has been doing this with nearly every app, pretty much since its inception. Unless Paranoid has some fancy schmancy way of implementing it, then it's not really all that new.

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RE: Dear god no
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 30th Apr 2013 20:29 in reply to "Dear god no"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

My real use case is thus:

App A has content that I want to compare to other content in App B. The best way to do that is to have them both visible at the same time. Anything else, wouldn't be as efficient (switching between them, transferring content between apps,etc).

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RE: Dear god no
by Luminair on Wed 1st May 2013 15:10 in reply to "Dear god no"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

well that's just crazy. you've never had two pieces of paper side by side?

a calculator and a piece of paper? a book and a computer? multitasking is a feature that makes computers more useful.

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