Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Dec 2017 23:36 UTC

Android applications, running on either Android itself or on Chrome OS, pause whenever they're not in focus. While this makes sense on a phone, this doesn't make a whole lot of sense on desktop machines such as Chromebooks. As such, Google is addressing this shortcoming with Parallel Tasks.

With that in mind, the expected behavior of an open app is that it would remain active and running even when the user clicks to another window. Coming from Windows, Linux, or Mac OS, this is what users expect and it is a bit confusing unless you understand what is happening.

Parallel tasks on Android allow the OS to keep everything running and open until you pause the activity or close the app down. Again, with Chrome OS, this is much easier to manage. Just click the "X" on the app and it is closed. Simple.

Nothing groundbreaking in and of itself, obviously, but a hugely important 'feature' to have on a laptop or desktop.

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They do not always pause when switching to another window. If you use alt+tab to a chrome window the app is not paused. I do not know since when, but I've never known otherwise. I do use it for switching between youtube (app) and a secure shell window quite often.
It will be nice to see the same behaviour no matter which way you use to switch windows/apps.

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spinnekopje Member since:

I want to add more to my comment after a quick test:
The android system within chromeos can/could only run 1 app simultaniously. So you can easily switch between the browser itself and one android app, but if you switch between android apps there is only one active.
I've toggled the setting to run them in parallel, so I'm curious about the results in real life.

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