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Cornerstone wants real multitasking for Android

March 30, 2011 | by Michael Heller

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There has been a lot of talk about whether the iPad or Android has more “real” multitasking. In my opinion, Android is closer, because apps can share information between each other, but neither application is “real” multitasking at all. Cornerstone is looking to change that, and the best part is that the software will be compatible with Gingerbread as well as Honeycomb.

We can talk all we want about how apps are held in memory and how that can equate to multitasking, but the fact is that right now, with the exception of the Eden panel system on the Notion Ink Adam, no tablet or phone does true multitasking because of one thing: all apps are full screen. If the default for all apps is full screen, then regardless of how apps are held in the background, how they interact with each other, or how fast switching may be, it isn’t true multitasking. That’s where Cornerstone comes in.

The basic idea of Cornerstone is to put a layer atop Android that features a main panel and the “Cornerstone” panels, and each panel can run separate apps. All of the media shows the paneling system running three apps concurrently on screen. The company behind Cornerstone, Onskreen (get it?), says the product will be out in Q2 of this year. I think it’s a nice step forward, but I’d really like to see a native solution from Google.

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