“What in the world did HTC do to Android ICS multitasking?” That was the opening question on an xda-developers thread from last week, which talked about what many users consider a serious software glitch on the One X, HTC’s current flagship device.
According to the thread’s OP, but also to a lot of other One X users, memory management on HTC’s new device is too aggressive, with background apps closing too fast. While great for freeing up memory, this behavior threatens to significantly cripple the user experience of multitasking on Android.
Most of us are used to open a bunch of apps on our Android devices and keep them open, even though we aren’t using them all [...]
Android multi-tasking has been praised for years as one of the best multi-tasking systems in the mobile industry. UI wise, webOS has always been better, because it was much more intuitive, but ICS has solved much of that problem, at least if manufacturers keep using the software buttons and multi-tasking button (which Samsung doesn’t do with the Galaxy S3).
iOS took years before it implemented “some” multi-tasking capability, and even now it still only works for a few types of apps. WP7 multi-tasking is also quite poor and doesn’t keep almost anything in the background, not even an IM. RIM may have the most advanced multi-tasking system right [...]
I have always been a huge fan of HTC’s devices, right from the introduction of the first Android OS phone, the G1, all the way through to the Sensation series. With the One series just on the horizon, what does HTC have in store? Last year represented a drop in both market share and mind share for HTC, as they acquiesced from their top spot atop the Android podium. Even I was not surprised that HTC squandered its Android-device dominance from years past to the likes of Samsung, which released some exceptional products last year. Sadly, and as was expected, this translated into a very mediocre year for HTC in 2011.
It now seems that the company from Taiwan has [...]