Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Sep 2013 01:58 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Mobile devices are designed primarily as a modal experience. You use one app at a time, but can switch between them quickly. Multi-window interfaces and floating apps have been implemented a few times as an alternative, but most of these solutions are a bit clunky. Ixonos has released a new video demo of its multi-window technology, and it looks much better. If only we knew where to get it.

This is very awesome, and essentially very similar to Metro snapping - except with traditional windowing abilities, something Metro should have as well. They won't say who they are developing this for, but I wouldn't be surprised to eventually see Android applications running in a similar fashion on ChromeOS.

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Comment by Radio
by Radio on Wed 25th Sep 2013 08:11 UTC
Radio
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2009-06-20

If I understand well what was written in a comment by +Panaoid Android on G+, Google CTS (compatibility test suite) does not accept that one resizes an app after it has been opened. Android apps can adapt to different sizes/DPI but once launched, the positions are supposed to be set in absolute.

If that's the case some apps may work but many may not, as this is not a behaviour developers expected until now.

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RE: Comment by Radio
by reduz on Wed 25th Sep 2013 15:38 in reply to "Comment by Radio"
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2006-02-25

That's kind of relative.

Most apps handle resizing anyway because when you switch from landscape to portrait, Android does in fact send a geometry change event. For OpenGL apps/games it would be completely transparent.

Also, most apps use layouts (otherwise dynamic DPI would be really difficult to handle) so adapting to this makes it even easier.

Edited 2013-09-25 15:38 UTC

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