multitasking

Google Keep Review

After initially leaking and then being removed, today Google pulled the trigger on their new note-taking app Google Keep. Just like many of their current services like Google Now, Google Keep aims to be a deeply integrated and do-it-all app for all your note-taking and daily tasks. With integration into your account and Google Drive (get started here) Google Keep looks to take on Evernote, Any.DO and more.

Automate your life with on{X} – a new app by Microsoft

Yup, that's actually the real name for Microsoft's latest Android application. It's called on{X} and is basically what Motorola calls smart actions, or what Android enthusiasts know as Tasker. This app will help you set rules or actions that are then activated based on location, date, or time. Why Microsoft has released an Android only app is still puzzling me, but lets take a look.

ICS mod gives Nexus phones Windows Phone 7-style multitasking

While we at Android Community are understandably loyal to the little green guy, that doesn't mean we don't take notice of the competition. And it must be said, some of the phones coming out running Windows Phone 7 (especially those made by Nokia) are real head-turners. While a full WP7 port or popular Android devices is unlikely, various modders have ported elements of the MetroUI to Android. The latest is XDA member "evilisto" (never change, guys) who's added WP7-style multitasking to stock Ice Cream Sandwich.

CyanogenMod 9 may use Onskreen’s Cornerstone multitasking engine

Android's always been pretty handy with multitasking, but if CyanogenMod is your custom ROM of choice, it may soon be getting even better. The CyanogenMod team stated on a Google+ post that they're investigating the possibility of including Onskreen's Cornerstone software in their final CM9 build, based on Ice Cream Sandwich. The sudden addition is due to Cornerstone's recent move to the world of open source, allowing modders like the CM team to include it in their ROMs for free. "We will probably include this into CM9. it needs some polish, but the concept is just great," said an official update.

Onskreen Cornerstone brings windowed apps to Android tablets

Tablets are big. Smartphone apps are small. This would seem to present an obvious answer to the many, many Android apps that scale up to massive resolutions instead of adjusting their total user interface Ice Cream Sandwich-style. But no, apps form unconcerned or merely oblivious developers continue to scale up, as if someone ran over an Android smartphone with a steamroller. Enter Cornerstone, a method for managing windows of apps on Android, jut like on Linux, OS X and, uh, Windows.
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