Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/189500/hey-google-its-time-to-add-multi-window-multitasking-to-android/
In 2012, Google’s Dianne Hackborn threatened to revoke CyanogenMod’s access to the Android Market if they moved forward with adding “Cornerstone” multitasking to their custom ROM. Samsung has since created their own multi-window multitasking feature.
Its not the only way, Android is falling behind.
- Permission management. HTG wrote about that before in detail.
- Out of the box automatable backup&restore solution, preventing data loss for non-techies and making migration to new devices easier. Apple has the head start here with iCloud backup, but today I've read that so has Windows Phone. Android might have major problems on that part though due to abuse of the SD card and manufacturer-customizations far beyond preinstalling apps, which may contribute to sabotaging a standardized configuration-free backup system.
- Management of background services. While iOS is arguably less powerful due to the absence of true multitasking, that very downside prevents random battery drain from barely identifiable soources. I have too often taken my Android phones out of my pocket to find them overheated and the battery drained. Meanwhile iOS 7 has added background synchronization, with the added advantage that you can turn it off at a central location, when you don't want it for an app. To be fair, that feature came late enough and cutting down multitasking after the fact to avoid abuse seems all but impossible.
To be fair, those other platforms have their own serious sets of issues, such as the awkwardness that is editing a file across multiple iOS programs.
Focus on the user and all else will follow...is clause 1 on Google's "What we believe" protocol.
Your article is yet another example of where Google has gone adrift since its noble start.
"Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 stands out among tablet operating systems for its powerful multitasking support, allowing you to view several apps side-by-side at the same time.
Does two = several or are you referring to the legacy desktop?
If they mean modernmetro, they are powerfully ignorant.
Having one tiny bloated calculator-app using one entire quad-HD 27" screen,
while some other tiny app hogs the entirety of my other quad-HD 27" screen,
that's not what any sane well informed person would call "powerful multitasking" in 2014.
At this rate Microsoft will have to run for miles and miles, standing still in one place, before they catch up Microsoft from 10 years ago.
But they recently re-discovered the contexts-menu, so I have faith that one day they will rediscover the window too.
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