multitasking

Rockchip develops Light Work OS, mimics Windows OS

Manufacturers of tablet devices are trying to beat the drop and looking for features that can give them an edge in a cutthroat tablet market. One of Rockchip’s solutions could be an effective, if not necessarily an original one – that is, offer an Android version that mimics Windows OS so that it can become more “work friendly”. The result is what the Taiwan-based chipmakers call “Light Work OS”, and it is set to be featured in a tablet device soon.

Remix OS now out for Nexus 9, Nexus 10 tablets, still Android 5.0.2

We talked about the Remix OS in conjunction with the campaign for the Remix Mini, which was asking for crowdfunding for a true Android PC-like experience. The Remix Mini hardware was really nothing to write home about, but it was the Remix OS that was the star of the show – giving people a true multi-window, multi-tasking environment that stock Android is not able to give. And the good news now? Remix OS is now available for the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10 tablets.

Remix Mini is a ‘true’ Android PC, looking for your funding support

A lot of people have played around with the idea of Android as a working operating system in a PC-like environment, complete with keyboard and mouse support, resizable windows, a taskbar and all that. But very few have come close to executing it where it actually works. Is the Remix Mini – now up on Kickstarter campaigning for crowdfunding support – the Android PC that we all deserve?

‘Experimental’ multi-window support found for Android M

Android has a long documented love/hate relationship with multi-window support. Every year, rumors would come out about the feature being finally included in every new stock Android version, and every year, we get disappointed because it’s not there. Well, this is good news (we think) for those still waiting. Apparently, there’s a way to enable a “very experimental” split screen, dual window mode in the upcoming Android M.

Andromium OS makes your Android device Windows-like

Ok, first things first, Andromium OS is not really an operating system in the fullest sense of the term – it’s an app. But for what, you ask? Well, you buy your Android smartphone and Android tablet and you are happy – but there are days when you end up pining for a more Windows-like or desktop-like approach to computing. That’s where the Andronium OS app project comes in.

ZenFone 2 ZE551ML with 4GB RAM tested for multitasking

ASUS has been leveraging on its partnership with chipmaker Intel for making its ZenFone line perform way better than any phone at that price point should. Last year ASUS surprised everybody with the ZenFone 5, competing against Motorola’s Moto G for affordability, but showing some definite class with a better camera and performance. Now we have the ASUS ZenFone 2, one of the first consumer smartphones to offer 4GB of RAM, being tested for what should be a smooth multitasking performance.

Chainfire’s Recently gives more control to Lollipop recent apps list

When Lollipop became active, there was a big change to the devices “recents” list – which is Android parlance for your “overview” or “multitask” or “recent apps” list, whatever you may call it. Lollipop just lists every app you ever opened in no particular order, which is annoying to some people who need the recents list for effective multitasking. This is where Chainfire’s “Recently” app comes in.

Android ‘multi-window’ feature still possibility, mentioned in commit

Many users have longed for a multi-window capability in Android – that is, to be able to open at least two apps or more at a time, scaling the apps down to occupy lesser space on the screen and relegating them to “windows”. Rumors of the feature have been bandied about, and a lot of tweaked Android ROMs and UIs have made their own approximations of the feature, but never officially from Android.

Tiny Apps allows you to multitask via floating applications

Multitasking” was a big buzzword when the venerable Windows 98 operating system came out, as Microsoft leverage on increased RAM usage (256 to 512MB, mind you) and truly delivered on allowing desktop users to run a number of programs together, thereby increasing theoretical productivity. In the mobile device industry, multitasking is making another renaissance – especially as screen sizes increase and Android becomes better and better handling multiple tasks. But what if your phone simply doesn’t have this capability out of the box? For that, there’s Tiny Apps.

Google working on multi-window function for Android

Multitasking may be a useful feature of any mobile device but multi-window is better once Android officially launches it. For now, Google’s Android team is working on multi-window functionality for tablets and smartphones. No official announcement from Google yet but it was confirmed last March that the search giant is indeed working on it.
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