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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Intervenient, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Intervenient

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    But how is multitasking on Android more "true" than multitasking on iOS 4. I've heard this numerous times, and really don't see the difference.
     

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  2. mulveyr

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    Because on Android you can have multiple apps running at the same time.

    For example, I can start NewsRob and have it start to download a few thousand articles from my Google Reader RSS feed. Then, I switch to GMail and have it start syncing a bunch of articles. Then I start up a game and play for a few minutes while NewsRob and GMail finish their thing, and then go back to them where I left off.

    You can't do that on iOS. The "multitasking" supports only a very limited number of functions; Some audio playback, allowing some VOIP apps like Skype to wait for incoming calls, etc. It doesn't permit general-purpose apps to operate while not front-and-center on the screen.

    As a long-time software engineer who writes true multi-tasking applications in a corporate environment, it's laughable that Apple gets away with claiming iOS is multi-tasking. And this is from someone who also owns an iPhone. :)
     
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  3. ballisticn8

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    downloading a torrent file on my phone while listening to pandora or slacker or mp3's while downloading rss news feeds and checking my email...

    ;)
     

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