Any signs/hints of multi-window on BB10?
I love the multi-window feature on the GSIII and on the Note 2 now, similar to split-screen on Windows desktop operating systems, and am hoping there is something similar on BB10. Although I may not be super useful on the phone, it would be perfect on the Playbook. Any one seen this mentioned anywhere, hinted, anything?
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- CrackBerry Abuser
12-02-12, 10:58 AM #3
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Having the playbook and seeing how great its multitasking is BB10 will have the better strong hold for multitasking on a handheld experience. The thing with the GS3 and or a note they put some much into it but is anyone gonna use it in a dimension like that. I can see if it were a tablet where it is big enough to control things like but not for a phone setting. The multitasking on BB 10 and the playbook is the best in my opinion than samsung .
- CrackBerry Genius
12-02-12, 03:42 PM #5
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No signs yet TAT have messed with dual screen capability way back so I would like to think it will be added on.Its great feature that would come in handy for certain situations.It would be a great feature on a tablet I do like stacking and side by side featureon desktop.I wish the PB could do it sometimes I like to do twin searches or read and watch something at same time.
But I aint seen any hints hope it makes its onto the phones.
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- CrackBerry Addict
12-02-12, 04:17 PM #6
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- 12-02-12, 05:20 PM #7
It's not part of the design which developers have been shown, and since it would be pretty critical to make sure developers were aware of it and knew how to work with it, it's pretty certain that it will not be part of BB10 out of the gate.
- 12-02-12, 05:23 PM #8
Any signs/hints of multi-window on BB10?
Or as mentioned above, note the fact that none of the developer documentation mentions this feature, which would need to be specially coded for.
It's common sense.
It's not a make or break feature, but I think it could be useful and efficient. I'd like to answer emails or write a document while watching a movie, stuff like that. And it would be amazing over hdmi!
- 12-02-12, 08:34 PM #11
- 12-03-12, 08:37 AM #12
Umm... well, we can already do this on the PlayBook anyway, so why wouldn't you expect it to work at least as well on BB10? I'm talking about the last part... keeping a movie playing via HDMI (or, presumably, DLNA which we expect to have) while doing other things like answering emails. This is basically certain to be available.
Two windows simultaneously? Well, seriously, can anyone justify the idea that one should be able to try to watch a movie on half the phone's 768x1280 screen while attempting to compose an email in the other half? Yikes... I think they have higher priorities than that particular use case right now! :-)
- 12-03-12, 09:23 AM #14
Re: Any signs/hints of multi-window on BB10?
I wonder, with the new gesture system, if switching between apps will be similar to the PlayBook where you can swipe left or right from the bezel to go to the next open app. It doesn't work that way on the Dev Alpha. If it did, that could be used somewhat like having multiple windows open (for copying information between apps).
I'm guessing that since it doesn't work on the Dev Alpha, this will be a Playbook feature that gets left behind.
- 12-03-12, 09:49 AM #15Two windows simultaneously? Well, seriously, can anyone justify the idea that one should be able to try to watch a movie on half the phone's 768x1280 screen while attempting to compose an email in the other half? Yikes... I think they have higher priorities than that particular use case right now! :-)
Here I'm browsing Reddit, and I see there is a George Carlin video. It's standup comedy, so I can play it in a small screen and still enjoy it. At the same time, I can continue browsing Reddit, or read comments other people have made about the video.
Here I have switched over to Chrome, still watching the video. I need to do a quick calculation so I pull up AirCalc. Without this app, I would have to switch back and forth between browser and calc, and rely on my short term memory.
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- 12-03-12, 10:25 AM #16
notafanboy, I wasn't being defensive, and I was responding to both your post and the one before, which you quoted. Note my mention of HDMI as well as DLNA. If you reread with that in mind, you may see that the parts you thought were "defensive" were simply addressing Marauder2's post. Anyway, can we please avoid labelling each other? This forum is rife with that sort of thing and it serves nobody except the trolls.
That aside, those are interesting screenshots. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the S3 has a relatively large screen compared to the first BB10 phone, doesn't it? Area-wise, it might be twice as large? (Wildly guessing... I haven't touched one or checked the specs.) Still, I suppose you're right that it would be "nice" in some cases, and rather useful in others (the calculator example is a good one!).
Anyway, I'm pretty confident this isn't something that would take a complete revamp of the OS for them to provide. I just know we won't see it at launch, and that they have many higher priorities to get to before they'd be implementing this in a general way.
- 12-03-12, 11:14 AM #17That aside, those are interesting screenshots. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the S3 has a relatively large screen compared to the first BB10 phone, doesn't it? Area-wise, it might be twice as large? (Wildly guessing... I haven't touched one or checked the specs.) Still, I suppose you're right that it would be "nice" in some cases, and rather useful in others (the calculator example is a good one!).
BB10 768 x 1280
GS3 720 x 1280
Nevertheless, the images notafanboy has posted are pretty cool and it would be nice for BB10 to support such features eventually. Get a good solid operating system with all the basics completed, then work on extras like that.
- 12-03-12, 11:28 PM #20
- CrackBerry Addict
12-04-12, 12:03 AM #21
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- 12-04-12, 12:13 AM #22
- CrackBerry User
12-05-12, 02:54 AM #25
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IMP for BB10 to become a "Mobile Computer" this feature will be necessary. Listening to Thor it seems as though his plans are to have a BB10 device connected to a monitor and keyboard and the "phone" will function as the computer. With the mini HDMI out that I highly suspect is coming standard on each device his plans are not that far into the future. For a matter of fact it could be done right now with the Playbook and a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. With all the space of a 17"+ monitor limiting the display to only allow one app to be visible at a time will not help RIM reach its goals nor will it help BB image as a Mobile Computer. With multitasking as it is now on BB10, all the apps run simultaneously and in real time. All the OS needs to do is to allow all apps to be visible at the same time and control the apps size, orientation and location. This will also require programming changes on the developers part to get their app to size correctly while on a large screen, but this is very possible as it has been proven on the android device.
Unless phone screen size is increased I do feel that BB will prevent the feature from activating while the device is not connected to the HDMI out. That is why I agree with the tread about InterActive Frames. For example, having a calculator interactive frame and being able to view a zoomed in portion of a website that has been minimized to a active frame will allow the user to quickly calculate something with data from the web page without the user having to switch back and forth between the two apps.
BB has all that it needs to really blow the doors off the competition with BB10. Hopefully it has the imagination and will to see all the potential BB10 has and then implement it. Or hopefully they are reading all of the great ideas that are posted here in the Crackberry forums and are adding them as we think them up.
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