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Run Multiple Apps, All At Once on Android-Powered Phones

Run Multiple Apps, All At Once on Android-Powered Phones


>>Android allows devices to run several applications
simultaneously, switch between them, and at the same time, notify you when something new
occurs in one of them. Let’s see an example of this on the world’s first Android phone,
the T-Mobile G1. When browsing interesting photos, a friend pings me on Yahoo Messenger.
A notification appears on the status bar. I can click right on it to switch to the IM
and chat with my friend, letting him know that I’ve almost found the perfect photo.
To switch between any of the applications that are running on the Android, simply long
press the device’s “Home” button. You can have several applications running simultaneously
in the background. I’m currently using a few Apps my self: IM, the Browser, Settings, Contacts,
and Music. Let’s return to the browser. Say, I found some interesting pictures, using
“Long Press,” I can easily share the pics with my friend. On the Menu, click, “Go
to URL,” to see the current location. Then, simply long press the URL you’d like to
copy and select “Copy.” Then, switch back to IM by long pressing the “Home” button,
and paste the copied URL right into the IM conversation. The Seamus Integration between
your apps on Android makes multi-tasking effortless.

66 thoughts on “Run Multiple Apps, All At Once on Android-Powered Phones”

  1. Looks nice, but something I noticed that may or not be the case that I don't like is that it looks like some on screen controls were selectable only using the keyboard. For instance, when opening up the copy and paste context menus, he initiated the menu using the touch screen, but selected the menu items using his keyboard. I don't know, I may be wrong and he may have explained it – I viewed this video without audio.

  2. woooow that was easy….

    I hope this platform support multiple languages such as Arabic..
    I'm planning to get one when it released…

    thank you very much for those interesting videos

  3. Will it be possible to port Android on an x86-based platform such as a mobile-ITX or the COM Express boards?I want to build my own phone for some specialized purposes.

  4. FINALLY… Now kick on the nuts of the ASSHOLES at apple :-D…

    .. those bastards were acting tough not giving us the most basic "COPY-PASTE".. and now Google has just BITCH-SLAPPED them :-D..

    ooohh.. I can see apple fan "boys" weeping :-D..

  5. I have WM6 on my T-Mo Wing, they didn't make it any easier. I had to get a third party "switcher" that acts like Alt-Tab on your PC. Then I had to map that program to a hardware button. Essentially the same as here, but the fact that I had to figure it out myself was lame.

  6. Good point. It all depends on the long-press interval i guess. If it isn't too long, it's still a very comfortable option. * and 1 would be totally annoying, especially on devices without a keyboard. A dedicated hardware app-switching button would be cool.

  7. I just got mine today (they were only just released in the UK – BOOOOO!!) and it's completely awesome. I'm still learning how to use it but it's so good so far, i've never been so excited about a new toy.

    Now I need to find some applications to develop for it and become rich. Anyone fancy going in 50-50, i'm looking for ideas? 🙂

  8. ya im a mediocre programmer, lookin for a good android project to really dive in and learn more about android.

    I am still learning but I can pretty much do anything in the examples now… switch screens, basic math calculations and string manipulation… etc. Hit me up —
    infotechsailor @ g m 4! l . c0m

  9. Yes, I stated that I watched this without audio. And I said that I may or may not be right about my assumption. I did not go bashing the phone based on my assumption. So my comment to you is…Please, you knew what I based my comment on…and you decided to bash me?

  10. Come on now, so you are saying that every youtube comment is informed? Give me a break. You posted a comment to try to make me look like the bad guy, informed that I watched the video without audio. You deserve a cookie. I'll let your mom know. I made a comment based on what I saw visually, pointing out that I may have been wrong. I never said bashed the phone or said that phone sucks. I pointed out what I saw, expected a comment that would clarifie what I didn't hear, and I got it from Ganja.

  11. I actually have had my G1 phone since day 1 and still think it's awesome aside from its relatively small internal phone storage. That is its biggest limitation. Aside from that, the phone runs smoothly and has awesome 3g connectivity and signal strength. People say that it's ugly, but I actually get a lot of comments about my phone. So go ahead nex11, continue your "I'm better than you because I heard the audio" rant if it makes you feel that much better about your pathetic life.

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  13. There are applications in the marketplace to close running processes, though I usually find myself powering the phone off/on several times a day for the exact same thing.

    I think having the ability to long press running tasks and close them would be very useful and sensible!

  14. Install PowerManager and turn off the features what you dont use. My mobile lasts usually several day (up to a week) with normal use but having all the crap I dont use turned off.

  15. Thanks for explaining! I did some more research and found task managers on the Android Market so that was helpful!

  16. while, if you have multi processes running in the background, of course its gonna make the cpu slower. But, what android does is that it makes the application to take less of the cpu memory which is not what windows does..windows applications don't do that, they run in big cpu memory and therefore make the computer/mobile device slower…

  17. WTF?! That window doesn't show running applications, it shows last used applications. Also, only shows the last 6 ones. This is miss-information.

  18. Yeah, it is the last 6 apps.

    Besides that you get kicked back to your homescreen before you even get to choose which app to open.

  19. Wow, that is weird. I don't get why they would do that, but as you say, it's not that way on the Dream. Strange design choice. :S

  20. It's not miss-information. Android is designed differently from Windows because the memory restrictions of mobile devices. Going into the details of how it works will take too long, but basically, the Android memory management is designed to give the user a feeling that all of their apps are running. The apps could or could not be running on the 6 recent tasks, but that shouldn't matter much.

  21. It is misinformation to claim that they are running, since they are not. The program is stored in memory if the memory is not needed for other applications, but it has been terminated or paused. It doesn't matter that they can be quickly started because they are still stored in memory.

  22. imho….thats not "real" multitasking…and the OS looks ugly i got a palm pre and i love the cards multutasking feature…much better than androids multitasking…thats of course my opinion

  23. Currently testing the verizon droid while being a pre user for the last 4 months. The card multitasking is nifty and the gui is prettier. But the Pre is slow to respond to touch commands, this is probably it's largest disadvantage for me at this time.

    The droid on the other hand is very snappy, better browsing and has more apps.

  24. While that is (kind of) true, that has nothing to do with this. Topic is that he claims that the long-hold-home-button takes you to running applications, which is not the case.

  25. Well, no, even if apps mostly don't "run" in the background on the android they have a "running" state, with an "instancebundle" saved with information required to get the program back up to the previous state in case it needs to be unloaded from memory. The difference between a paused application and a stopped one is small, but still clear for both the developer and the user.

  26. @gselsidi
    They run in the background, thats why the music apps play music in the background.
    OR that i dont loose connection to my SSH.
    While going into my webbrowser to remember what command i needed, if your rusty 🙂

  27. @ismaeldeltoro But the New Iphone now can't MULTITASK. It freezes the other app . So if your on Skype and go to the Web Browser. It puts you offline Cause your on another APP. ><

  28. @cgonzalezdelhoyo Looks like you know nothing about Macs.

    You can install any USB peripherals, like keyboards, mice, card readers etc. If drivers are present, you can install it. Apple is not that limiting. "Small screens?" say hello to the 27 inch iMac.

  29. I can't run my youtube app and my ''microsoft office like'' app at the same time, which windows can and as far as I know, most mac computers can.

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