LG tells the story of the latest multitasking brain wave, QSlide

October 21, 2012
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    LG steps up its mobile game with the new innovative multitasking function ‘QSlide’, featured on the Optimus G, quite possibly the company’s most ambitious device on the market to date.

    Similar features can be found on other devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy S III, and the new Note II. However, LG’s take on multitasking allows users to simultaneously run two applications, whilst exploiting the entire 4.7-inch display by having both applications become translucent upon QSlide activation. This will allow users to enjoy luxuries such as typing up an email whilst watching a video, or compose a text whilst viewing movie show times on a web browser.

    LG wants to particularly emphasise the fact that instead of having a cramped screen by running two applications back to back on one display, you can simultaneously have full functionality of two apps, both utilizing the entire display. This is what makes LG’s concept essentially unlike any other multitasking feature on other devices.

    As with almost every other previous LG device, a video explaining LG’s approach of pushing Android’s capabilities forwards is featured. In this case, senior research engineer Sebastian Hochan Song is explaining the concepts and inspiration behind the new phone’s QSlide function, in the clip below:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TcMwP6h8NNE

    How do you think LG’s stab at multitasking compares to other recent endeavours to push Android devices forwards? Let us know in the comments section!

    Comments

    • vgergo

      This system only makes sense if you have a movie running in the “background”. I can’t imagine web browsing + file management overlayed like this. For anything other than movie playing split screen is more usable. And even for movie playing, resizable and movable PIP is a much solution. This is not the feature I would buy an LG for.

      • http://www.facebook.com/duh.koda.1 Duh Koda

        Yeah, I agree. I can’t really see it having many practical uses really, and it seems like it would probably get in the way more than it would help. Who knows, though, I guess. We’ll just have to wait and see. To me, this is more of just a technical feat to show how advanced Android really is.

      • KC

        Oh, I dunno! The last portion of the video shows the jotting down of numbers while browsing or whatever, shows some usefulness I would definitely need. Still another advancement for Android users made possible with fast quadcore processors.

    • http://twitter.com/matter37 Matthew

      It is cool, but I like samsung’s multiple windows better

    • http://ootpapps.com/ Out of the Park Apps

      Okay, why send the guy with the thickest accent to do the English ad?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mikeddenney Mike Denney

      I left the following on ‘Engadget’:

      “Some nicer ATI desktop video cards had this available to them via the Catalyst software. I’m trying to find out if this function is available only to the system video player, or can it be used with other video streaming apps, like Hulu, Netflix, etc.?

      Anybody know?”

      I think I understand there’s a basic difference between ‘Q-Slide’ and ‘QuickMemo’, but my basic opinion of this function is not so much a criticism of ‘what it’s uses are’, but ‘why didn’t they expand them to include more’?

      If the system video player is the only thing you could use it with, the limitations make this feature ‘worth a whole lot less’. What’s the big deal if I can’t watch something other than ‘downloaded’ video content in the background (or, ‘fore’)? Wouldn’t this limitation actually push people to start using Youtube DL’ers, at the least? I’m saying that’s not necessarily a good thing, regardless of how the user ‘used it’.

      I’m also saying ‘if the thing will do this, then gimme more’–otherwise, it really IS fair to say they’re just using this phone/feature as a platform to show off stuff they’ll be including later (which kindof pisses me off, frankly).

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