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5 Floating Android Apps... Just looking for opinions from the Maemo community.

Especially Estel's.

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there is a thread mentioning similar features on the GNote2... IMO, those are more impressive than these apps especially with the sidebar for quick access to a second app for overlaying/split-screening onto the first app...
 
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I agree, the split-screen multitasking is nothing short of amazing on the gnote2. It goes way beyond what was possible on any mobile device before.
 
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Its not new, we can do it on KDE for tablet + MeeGo (MER)
 

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Real multitasking is not about the task-switching UI, it's about who controls which processes are allowed to continue running in the background. If the OS terminates processes that the user started without confirmation from the user, then that OS does not provide real multitasking.

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Originally Posted by marxian View Post
Real multitasking is not about the task-switching UI, it's about who controls which processes are allowed to continue running in the background. If the OS terminates processes that the user started without confirmation from the user, then that OS does not provide real multitasking.

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Real multitasking is not about background processes. It's about interaction between the UI, user and number of different tasks performed between these two in a simple, fast and natural way.

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Speaking of which, would it be that hard to write a daemon probing the system (or even parsing htop or similar output) for heavy tasks and when certain threshold is reached/crossed display a notification: Hey dude, your computing device is heavy on tasks, is any of those unnecessary? with ignore/never_come_back option of course for real multitasking? On maemo you'd just need to assign it higher priority than any user-started app, not sure how to prevent it from being a batt sucker though
 
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Nothing new here. N900 and N9 can do it since always. Normally Android suspends the running app when another app (activity) is activated, just like iOS and WP. However, you can create background services on Android and do whatever you want, which is something iOS and WP won't allow. (and why shouldn't buy those, amongst many, many other reasons).

On the N9/00 apps will run in the background, unless the developer decides otherwise. Just like a normal PC (However, Windows 8 is also idiotic in that regard). On the N9 at least you can even distinguish between active, visible in the taskswitcher and running in background, so you can actually see multiple apps doing stuff at the same time in the task switcher.

@Chuck Norris: it is about background tasks. The ability to stream music to the radio, running Drive in the background with spoken navigation while your spouse is browsing the web on one and same device.

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Real multitasking is not about background processes. It's about interaction between the UI, user and number of different tasks performed between these two in a simple, fast and natural way.
That's a load of waffle. It can't be real multitasking if a task is closed without user consent. Simples.
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Where you can play audio and videos together other than maemo5 through media player and km player ,two songs for example ,together ??? i really dont know about n9 but does it happen on any other device other than N900 ?
 
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