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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My Change
by fretinator on Tue 30th Apr 2013 17:56 UTC
fretinator
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2005-07-06

I would actually like to see less apps running in the background. Half of the apps I use have to have a service running around in the background. They use a lot of memory and battery. Most of these apps are just sitting around waiting for updates. I would like Android to switch to having a common update service that applications can subscribe to. When an update happens (e.g., new messages have arrived, player has made moves, etc), the service could receive it, wake up the app and put the update in its queue. Apps would have a common means of receiving informations (e.g., provide wsdl, or XSD with URL, etc), and all those little services can go night, night. When you close the main screen, the service saves state and exits.

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