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Rockchip Electronics shows off windowed multitasking for Android

Rockchip has unveiled its new multi-window system functionality, which enables windowed use of apps for better multitasking on Android tablets.
July 23, 2013
Rockchip Android multitasking

Multitasking isn’t one of Android’s strong points, in fact most other mobile operating systems struggle with it too. But with the prevalence of multi-core hardware offering all the power we need, it seems such a waste that software hasn’t managed to the keep pace.

Industry giants, like Samsung and LG, and custom ROMs, such as CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android, have all tried to solve the problem with their own unique ideas, but some new competition from Rockchip Electronics could be the best multi-tasking solution for Android that we have seen so far.

The software, which is built on top of Android 4.2.2, adds in support for multiple windows running at once, allowing you to play videos, browse the web, scroll through your image gallery, and compose a new email, all at the same time. The company has even included various touch gestures to manage the windows, and has numerous features to arrange your apps, including app stacking, auto-snap and re-sizing, as well as the familiar maximize and restore buttons. Take a look at the video below to see the feature in action.

We don’t yet know whether Rockchip plans to bring this software to market as a universal download, but I’d certainly be willing to pay for this extra functionality on my current tablet. More likely, you should probably keep your eyes peeled for this feature in new tablets utilizing Rockchip’s processors.