July 24, 2013 at 3:12 am #32410
Bringing windowing capabilities to Android was only a matter of time, especially with desktops hitting the market sporting Google’s popular mobile platform. Sure, Android is capable of multi-tasking, allowing users to run numerous apps in the background and access them by hitting the Recents button in the Navigation Bar. But typically users can’t natively use their apps like they can in a desktop setting.
Rockchip was actually showcasing this multi-window technology back at CES 2013 using an RK3188 quad-core SoC. Users could treat Android like a desktop, opening apps in several windows, sizing them and moving them around on the screen.
So far Google hasn’t released any statements about the Rockchip announcement.Lilputing points out that even though Android is open source software, Google can apply some resistance to change when needed. The company has already made it clear that it wants a consistent experience across all Android devices. It even reportedly gave the CyanogenMod developers a hard time when they tried to add support for windowed apps to their custom version of Android.
The new “windows” mode for Android will reportedly be supported by Rockchip’s new RK3188 quad-core SoC launched at the end of June. It’s based on an ARM Cortex-A9design and GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 28 nm HKMG process technology. The company also launched a dual-core variant, the RK3168, but it may not have enough horsepower to run multiple app windows on the same screen without performance issues.
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