XDA member wutk3ksHD has brought a new app to the Play Store called Tiny Apps which lets you take multitasking on your Android device to the next level. The app essentially offers users 12 apps or widgets which will float on your homescreen, thus giving you access to them at any given time.
From time to time, Google will change the course of Android that both adds functionality and changes the way we use our most favorite mobile OS. Honeycomb brought us Android on the tablet. Ice Cream Sandwich changed up the UI and brought us guidelines that made Android a more unified experience, Jelly Bean brought us Project Butter with it’s buttery smoothness, and KitKat added Svelte, the ability for Android to run on a wide variety of devices, to the mix.
According to a rumor that Android Police discovered, the next iteration of Android, whether it’s 4.5 or 5.0, will be bringing the experience of Android, Chrome, and Search together on a more unified front for the first time.
As original Galaxy Note owners eagerly await the possible arrival of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on their devices, we are now beginning to see signs of which custom features will be found in the update. Similar to the Galaxy Note II smartphone and the incoming Android 4.1.2 update due to for the Galaxy S III next month, the original Galaxy Note will include the awesome TouchWiz Nature UI and the multi-window feature, allowing for true multitasking and the ability to use multiple apps at once on the Galaxy Note.
To corroborate this news is the surfacing of not one, but two preliminary Jelly Bean builds being spotted in the wild for the Galaxy Note. The first build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS3 and is currently being tested at Samsung bringing not only the TouchWiz Nature UI and multi-window feature; the second build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS7 which not only highlights the same mentioned custom Sammy features, but actually has video footage of those features in action. Of course Sammy has stayed mum on whether or not this evidence is actually factual or not, but considering these builds are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before— we’re willing to bet that these are not only authentic— but that we’ll likely see the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 updates announced for the Galaxy Note sooner than later.
source: SamMobile 1 | SamMobile 2 | YouTube
We have some good news for those of you who own the unlocked Galaxy S III. According to the ultra-reliable SamMobile, Samsung has plans to update its unlocked Galaxy S III smartphone to version 4.1.2 which not only brings the device to the latest Jelly Bean build (I9300XXE = 4.1.2), but also introduces Multi-Window on the device. That’s right kids— Galaxy S III owners won’t have to envy their Galaxy Note II brethren anymore and will be able to enjoy the same innovative features in what should be a matter of months at this point (the update and feature is reportedly due to arrive in December).
Naturally, owners of the carrier-branded models will need to wait a little longer for that same feature. But hey— here’s hoping the wait won’t be too long.
It’s no secret that the upcoming Optimus G is going to have a cool— and I mean really cool multitasking feature, but most of us want to know how in the world the manufacturer came up with its spin on multitasking. Well LG took some time and had its stud senior research engineer Sebastian Hochan Song explain the idea behind QSlide and how it is tasked with having “multitasking to the extreme”. As already seen before, QSlide allows for two videos to be displayed on one screen simultaneously, but the really cool aspect about the multitasking feature is how it came to be— and let’s just say that kids can truly inspire anything and everything innovative. I won’t give out the exact details of the inspiration behind QSlide’s creation, so you’ll need to check out the video for yourself once you hit past the break.
It’s no secret the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II is going to be one heck of a phone. In addition to the quad-core power and S Pen, it’s the multitasking that’s noteworthy on the device. No, we’re not talking about the traditional multitasking found in most Android devices— we’re talking about Sammy’s special variation of multitasking. As seen in the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Note II will have split-screen multitasking that is unique, compared to other Android devices. In a special promo video released by Sammy recently, it highlights the potential of multitasking on a Galaxy Note II through a simulated demonstration. Using an apps bar that’s tiled vertically or horizontally, the S Pen can drag and drop various apps which opens a new app above or below an existing app that’s already running. What this means is users will be able to see two live apps simultaneously and literally do two things at the same time. That’s an awfully cool feature if you ask me.
While the multitasking feature is pretty cool, you’ll want to note that the feature demonstrated in the promo video is for the Korean version of the device. Then again, we suspect that Samsung will certainly include this in the other versions of the device when we see them around mid-November or so. Hit the source link to check out the demonstration in all its glory.
source: Android Authority
The HTC One X smartphone is perhaps the best smartphone of the year so far, but it hasn’t come without its quirks. While Sense 4.0 has been rightfully praised because of its revamped look and tweaks to Android 4.0’s multitasking, it has brought some unwanted and unnecessary confusion to how the multitasking actually works. Let me explain— the multitasking feature found in the One X is actually overaggressive in closing background apps compared to other Android devices. For example, say you close your browser or Slacker radio for longer than 30 seconds, each will close completely and not return from the state of when you left it to begin with. As you might imagine folks are not the least bit happy with this “tweak” to multitasking, so individuals like our friends at The Verge reached out to HTC to ask, what gives? Here’s what HTC had to say on its “tweaked” multitasking:
“HTC is aware of some questions in the enthusiast community about how the HTC One X handles multitasking and memory management for background apps. We value the community’s input and are always looking for ways to enhance customers’ experience with our devices. That said, right now multitasking is operating normally according to our custom memory management specifications which balance core ICS features with a consistent HTC Sense experience”.
So there you have it folks— HTC clearly states its “tweaked” multitasking is actually “operating normally”… as in there’s nothing wrong with it, so you’d best leave it alone. Here’s hoping it will continue to enhance customers’ experience with the HTC One X and improve the multitasking eventually.
source: The Verge
If you’re anything like me, you’re likely on the go a lot. You also carry your mobile laptop, tablet, and phone religiously. Now, my laptop in particular isn’t very large at 11.6″. It’s great for just about anything I want to do, until we start talking in terms of any things. By that I mean it isn’t the best suited for multitasking. The real estate just isn’t quite there. No problem, I’ve got my Xoom with me.
What exactly does that have to do with it you say?
We all want more speed, smoothness, and more than enough free memory on our phones. Recently, XDA Recognized Developer, Juwe11, came out with a RAM Optimization script for Android devices. It will find the best balance between free memory, multitasking, speed of launching apps, and system speed.
Juwe11 states that you will notice a considerable difference in speed when switching between apps.
You will need root access and a kernel that supports init.d. Check out the video:
Hit the source link for further instructions from the modification thread.
The mobile form factor altering Kyocera Echo has just made itself a bonafied FCC member by passing through the stamping stages with flying colors. Well, OK, not flying, but dual-screened multitasking loveliness anyway. The Android smartphone that we heard about, and maybe did a triple take on, should be making its way to store shelves and mobile carriers soon enough.
The Kyocera Echo dual-screened Android device doesn’t have a dual-core processor, nor will it come with 4G technology or Gingerbread, but it does offer a new twist on running multiple apps at one time for those of us who just can’t open enough apps and windows at one time…yes you, you overachievers you!
No word on a launch date or exact pricing yet, but we figure given the specs, we won’t see this any more than $199.99 on a 2-year contract. Regardless, it’s a nice looking phone that you can have a look at below.