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OminiROM multi-window concept for Android borrows from webOS

One of the key differences between Android, iOS, and other mobile operating systems and their desktop or notebook counterparts is support for multi-window modes. On a desktop PC you can open as many windows as you’d like and arrange them side-by-side or in other configurations. On a phone or tablet, you’re usually stuck looking at […]

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Ixonos Multi-Window for Android runs apps in resizable windows

One of the things that has long separated desktop operating systems such as Windows and OS X from mobile platforms such as iOS and Android has been the ability to view multiple apps on a display at once. But a growing number of Android developers are bringing multi-window support to Google’s operating system. Samsung’s latest […]

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Lilbits (7-29-2013): Android 4.3 speeds up the original Nexus 7

When the original Google Nexus 7 hit the streets a year ago, it offered crazy good specs for a low price. It was probably the most powerful tablet you could buy for $200. But users started to notice that performance degraded over time, especially after upgrading the OS from Android 4.1 to Android 4.2. Now […]

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Rockchip makes Android more like Windows… with Multi-Windows

Chinese company Rockchip may be best known for making processors for Android phones, tablets, and other devices. But the company also makes software to run on those devices. Earlier this year the company introduced a remote control app, for instance, that lets you control one Android device from another. Now Rockchip is launching a heavily […]

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Lilbits (7-19-2013): Early phone upgrades, Chrome web app launch

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all announced plans that will let customers upgrade phones more quickly. Typically US mobile customers had to wait 18 to 24 months to qualify for a new handset. Some of the new plans let you upgrade as often as every 6 months. Of course, none of this comes free of […]

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Multi-window support coming to some Android tablets with Rockchip CPUs

Google Android has long supported multi-tasking. On most phones and tablets that just means an app can run in the background while you’re using another in the foreground (for instance you can listen to music while you surf the web). A few software makers have added support for mini-apps that can run in small windows […]

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Paranoid Android team bringing multi-window mode to Android

Paranoid Android is a custom version of Android that’s been pushing the boundaries of the platform for a while. The developers were among the first to let users decide on a per-app basis whether to use the tablet or smartphone version of various apps. And Paranoid Android’s PIE menu reinvents the Android button and notification […]