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    Default Why cant we multi-task in android?

    I find it annoying I cant listen to youtube and surf at the same time. Its not true multitasking ifbyou cant do something that simple. Is it the apps fault or ICS?
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    if you leave the youtube app ,which is a video streaming app not audio, it will stop playback because you aren't viewing the video if you aren't in the app. if you listen to music using a music streaming app like pandora or amazon cloud then it will continue playing back
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    What ^he said. I couldn't do that on BlackBerry either.
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    this has nothing to do with multitasking.
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    why have a video playing if you aren't in the app to watch it... just kinda common sense...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaPoets View Post
    why have a video playing if you aren't in the app to watch it... just kinda common sense...
    It is quite popular to use YT for audio even though YT is a video site. People will put singles on YT with some type of static picture while the audio is playing.

    There examples of lectures, speeches etc etc... where the video isnt really the main message, but the audio with the video is far more important.
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    Default Re: Why cant we multi-task in android?

    So really, your gripe is with the youtube app, not android's multitasking
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9KRacing View Post
    So really, your gripe is with the youtube app, not android's multitasking
    Is it the app or os that doesn't allow you to multitask with video apps? I dont know. I would guess that its the OS since all my video apps behave in the same way. But again, I am only guessing.
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    It is the app that doesn't allow it.
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    Default Re: Why cant we multi-task in android?

    Still trying to figure out why this still can't be done in Android. Even iOS has this capability. Severely lacking basic multitasking capabilities. I'll be jumping ship to iPhone if this isn't updated by the next update.
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    Default Re: Why cant we multi-task in android?

    Quote Originally Posted by xxslashxxdroid View Post
    Still trying to figure out why this still can't be done in Android. Even iOS has this capability. Severely lacking basic multitasking capabilities. I'll be jumping ship to iPhone if this isn't updated by the next update.
    The iPhone doesn't multitask either, it just keeps certain things/apps playing in the background. Two different concepts. In fact, their multitasking is sort of a joke when compared to Android because they focus on different aspects of the user experience and UI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxslashxxdroid View Post
    Still trying to figure out why this still can't be done in Android. Even iOS has this capability. Severely lacking basic multitasking capabilities. I'll be jumping ship to iPhone if this isn't updated by the next update.
    Last I checked YouTube on iOS can't do this either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piratefan View Post
    What ^he said. I couldn't do that on BlackBerry either.
    BlackBerry can do that. I have a Dev Alpha and a PlayBook. Both of them can have a crazy amount of audio sources running at once.

    I can open the browser and open several tabs at once and they all run. You can use a tab for youtube and one for pandora and the audio from each plays. While the browser is running all of that you can launch all 4 angry birds and the youtube app and the pandora android app and it all continues to run. You can hear all the audio streams mixed together and you can visually see them running

    RIM's new os makes android look sad and primitive when it comes to multitasking. And if you are bening honest, Android's multitasking isnt any better than iOS
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    I think you may want to give the app "Super Video, Floating and Popup" a try. It will let you have a video playing in a different window, which can be resized, while still doing other tasks on your phone. Unfortunately it must be kept in the foreground but it is easy to manage and make reasonably small to allow you to browse with minimal inconveniences.
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    For an OS that prides itself as THE multitasking OS, its pretty abysmal at it. Can't run video in the background, cant have more than one tab running at the same time on any browser, can't listen to music or anything on YouTube. That's pretty pathetic to be this far into OS and be missing out on such critical features. How can you even call what we have multi tasking? The whole meaning is doing more than one thing at a time and the most often used function is music+browsing the web. The #1 source for music is YouTube. How can Google not get their own App to work in the background of their own OS? Thats just sad, and for the above user....Yes iOS can do this just fine, my brother has an iPhone 4S and just showed me. Such a shame with an IPHONE can do more multitasking than Android these days. tsk tsk
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxslashxxdroid View Post
    For an OS that prides itself as THE multitasking OS, its pretty abysmal at it. Can't run video in the background, cant have more than one tab running at the same time on any browser, can't listen to music or anything on YouTube. That's pretty pathetic to be this far into OS and be missing out on such critical features. How can you even call what we have multi tasking? The whole meaning is doing more than one thing at a time and the most often used function is music+browsing the web. The #1 source for music is YouTube. How can Google not get their own App to work in the background of their own OS? Thats just sad, and for the above user....Yes iOS can do this just fine, my brother has an iPhone 4S and just showed me. Such a shame with an IPHONE can do more multitasking than Android these days. tsk tsk
    Last I checked, Google Music and the other audio apps CAN. Your problem is that you're using a video app for audio-only.

    I just grabbed my wife's iPad 2 and fired up the YouTube app, started a video, and pressed the home button. The audio quit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxslashxxdroid View Post
    For an OS that prides itself as THE multitasking OS, its pretty abysmal at it. Can't run video in the background, cant have more than one tab running at the same time on any browser, can't listen to music or anything on YouTube. That's pretty pathetic to be this far into OS and be missing out on such critical features. How can you even call what we have multi tasking? The whole meaning is doing more than one thing at a time and the most often used function is music+browsing the web. The #1 source for music is YouTube. How can Google not get their own App to work in the background of their own OS? Thats just sad, and for the above user....Yes iOS can do this just fine, my brother has an iPhone 4S and just showed me. Such a shame with an IPHONE can do more multitasking than Android these days. tsk tsk
    To call YouTube the number one source for music is a massive stretch imo.

    You have concerns with essentially one app, not multitasking in whole or as commonly known. That's the difference. Android is still much better at it than ios, but that's just how each are developed.

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    I Smell a troll, stop feeding it.
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    It's gotten better. Before the update it wouldn't even keep your place in an app or video.
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    iOS is simply boring to me. As far as I have experienced from an iPod touch, iPhone 4 and 4s their multitasking is no better and in most situations worse than my Gnex (ICS or JB). For the YouTube problem I (again) recommend trying "Super Video, Floating and Popup" which will allow you to multitask with YouTube videos running. I don't believe iOS has anything that can match it.
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    It's all in the apps. Why blame android?
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    Good I'm glad this os sucks at multi tasking for you, it would be much better off without people like you using it who don't know what the hell they are doing. Thanks for giving your money to at least one android device manufacturer, now go get a black berry and camp out in 2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by xxslashxxdroid View Post
    I'll be jumping ship to iPhone if this isn't updated by the next update.
    You should go ahead and get the iphone. I can assure you that this wont be "fixed" in the next update. There is nothing nothing broken to fix. This seems like an odd problem to draw a line in the sand over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plkevlar View Post
    Good I'm glad this os sucks at multi tasking for you, it would be much better off without people like you using it who don't know what the hell they are doing. Thanks for giving your money to at least one android device manufacturer, now go get a black berry and camp out in 2006
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    If he waited a few months he could go get a BlackBerry phone that does exactly what he wants Android to do. How would that be camping out in 2006? The already released PlayBook can do it right now. If BlackBerry is in 2006 where is Jelly Bean at right now? The TRS-80 days of computing? Android sucks at multitasking when compared to something as lame and as near to death as BlackBerry OS. And there is no indication that they will ever improve how Android multitasks. Doesn't that concern you?

    People here keep saying it's the app, not the OS, but I'm not sure that is entirely true. The YouTube app for Android does pause, I know this because I converted and signed the apk and put it on my BlackBerry. Sure enough the Android YouTube app on BlackBerry pauses as soon as a new task is in the foreground. But that's just one app, why is it that nothing on Android can do it? I've tried, You can't download a browser and have tabbed multitasking. Why is that? Android OEMs can keep pumping out phones with incredible specs all they want, but it's the software that needs improved. Could you imagine having a PC that couldn't do something as basic as tabbed multitasking? Its a feature I use everyday on my PC and BlackBerry, but I can't do it on the Nexus 7 or the Galaxy Nexus. People here might go "meh, why would you want to do that?" but deep down we all know true multitasking is much better than what Android has currently. Hopefully it gets addressed in the future
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