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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Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Wed 1st May 2013 06:55 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

actual application switching is still cumbersome and restrictive.


Really? Hold down home button for 2 seconds then pick the task. Wow, that's really cumbersome.

I really want proper multitasking with multi-window on Android.


On a tablet? I guess. On a phone? It's worthless, no matter the implementation.

Edited 2013-05-01 06:56 UTC

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RE: Comment by Soulbender
by drcouzelis on Wed 1st May 2013 13:34 in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

Hold down home button for 2 seconds then pick the task. Wow, that's really cumbersome.

Wait... I've never really used an iPhone before. The iPhone makes you wait two seconds to switch tasks? That sounds disgusting. :O

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Thu 2nd May 2013 05:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

No I was talking about Android and I was also wrong, you hold it down for ~1 second.

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RE: Comment by Soulbender
by lucas_maximus on Wed 1st May 2013 15:36 in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

On a tablet? I guess. On a phone? It's worthless, no matter the implementation.


Pretty much this.

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RE: Comment by Soulbender
by phoenix on Wed 1st May 2013 22:57 in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Small apps (Sony), QSlide apps (LG), whatever Samsung calls it, and similar setups where you can access another app without closing the first one and still seeing the first one, is handy. Especially when it comes to using the calculator.

It's amazing how often I use the calculator on my phone, especially when web surfing or while talking on the phone. Being able to pull down the notification bar, accessing the calculator, and having it take up less than half of the screen while still running the original app behind it, is very handy.

Doing the same with e-mail/browser, browser/chat, and video/anything is also handy.

And this is on a 4.3" 720x1290 screen.

On a 7-10" tablet screen, it would be even more useful.

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