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Ixonos Demos Windowed Interface On Android

One of the things that many people have been surprised not to see yet on all these new tablet devices is the ability to do 'proper' multi-tasking via some sort of Windows style interface. After all, it's all well and good having a superfast, multi-core processor but if you can only see/do one thing at once, it's of limited use.

That could be about to change, though, as a Finnish company, Ixonos, has shown off a new app that allows for a fully desktop-style interface on a standard Android 2.x tablet. You can drag windows around, resize them, fullscreen them and even tap a cross to close the app - no need for custom task managers here.

In case you were thinking that Android 3.0 offers these features, while it does have an enhanced widget interface, full apps can only be shown fullscreen.

Sadly this was only a tech demo so it wasn't fully optimised but nonetheless, it seemed quite easy to use and reasonably speed. There was no word on when or even if we might actually see such a thing make it to market but we would certainly be interested in seeing it do so.

Would the addition of this sort of interface enhance the tablet experience for you or do you think it'll just complicate things? Let us know in the comments.

askjarv

February 18, 2011, 11:33 pm

I'm all for removing the windows metaphor- very few people actually (in my experience at least) have more than two panes on the go at one time- and it's only normally because they want to compare data or do something which should be handled in software better (i.e. move data from one app to another should be an import or sync process, rather than a manual find, select, drag and drop). I'd gladly say goodbye to windows and use full screen only apps from now on!

Premfab

February 19, 2011, 4:07 am

Far more useful than the recent nonsense being banded around e.g. dual core and 3d mobiles - stuff that nodoby needs.





What about focussing on usability - like increased battery life - this has taken a real downward trend recently.

OddJobJim

February 19, 2011, 6:28 am

I work for a small company of only 4 and am involved in both sales & purchashing of spare parts. Every morning when I turn on my PC itv gets loaded with several programs all left running at once. Outlook for e-mail, bespoke tractor parts program, bespoke invoicing program with stock control, windows exlorer with the folders of all photos of our stock, photo resizing program & lastly Firefox browser & within that I can usually have between 6 - 10 tabs open of our own websites & suppliers websites & Bing maps so I can see where customers are for delivery quotes. I am sure there are many other people in small businesses that do there same. I have just bought a Dell Streak with the view to be able to run some of the same things in a portable device as I have to be away from my desk alot to descibe our stock over the phone to our customers. Decent multitasking for me would bdrm great & make me in my job more efficient

Moggy58

February 19, 2011, 12:58 pm

Would it not be better (or indeed is there the facilty) to have tabbed apps?

Chris

February 20, 2011, 12:56 am

No, no, no. Again, no.





Does anyone really think that Google, Apple, RIM and others didn't dismiss the concept of windows in their OSs after coming to the conclusion that it wouldn't work? A small touchsceen device is better served by a simplified interface.





Ixonos are counting on customers' familiarity with Windows, just as MS thought they could when they designed the interface for earlier versions of Windows Mobile. It was a silly idea then and it's a silly idea now.

Chocoa

February 20, 2011, 1:28 am

I think I am sitting here in a state of disbelief!


Have we returned to pre Windows days when windowed 'multitasking' appeared. Gawd I hope not, but this feels like deja vu. Now it seems to take multicore/threads to achieve, not some lowly steam powered 8bit x86!

NorthernSands

February 20, 2011, 10:44 am

I'm not so sure windowing apps is the way to go. I'd rather see the display split down the middle and be able to launch an app in each pane. As Moggy58 mentioned, tabs could be added to the top of each pane, to switch between running apps, along with icons to maximise, or close the app. Larger screen tablets could have four apps running.





Even on my PC I rarely window anything; rather I have two monitors and have two maximised applications with everything else minimised or hidden.

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