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09-05-2011, 10:46 PM #1
Use Android-Style Multitasking with Android Recent Apps
Although ModMyi specializes and tends to focus on iOS, iDevices, and Apple, one can agree that there are components of other operating systems (computer and mobile) that are somewhat intriguing to the user. Even those who are avid Apple enthusiasts. In this case, a major competitor in the mobile operating system world is Android. Since there are pros and cons to everything, there are some parts of Android that are interesting and others that are not highly favored in the iOS world. One such popular focus whether you are an Android or iOS user is the multitasking system. Each one is different and unique in its own way - whether you like the iOS or Android version is personal preference. In the case of iOS, if you're a jail breaker, you can get "best of both worlds" if you will. A recently released application, Android Recent Apps by Fr0zen Sun (@Fr0zenSun) brings an alternative Android-like multitasking system to iOS.
As shown in the picture above, when you activate Android Recent Apps, it brings up a small box with all the recent applications. From there, you just tap the application you wish to go to and it launches. Even within applications, the box appears over the window - you get easy access quickly. To exit the overlay, just tap the "X" button. Because Android Recent Apps requires Activator, it does not have to replace the native iOS multitasking system. If you choose to do so, it is your choice but initially you can have both.
There are currently no settings to configure and it works as soon as you install. Android Recent Apps' default activation is a short hold on the Home button. However you can easily change that inside Activator. The only con I can see at this point is that you can't kill running applications inside Android Recent Apps (it's on its way). Other then that, it is a cool multitasking alternative.
There are many different multitasking options out there when it comes to a jailbroken iOS, but if this suits your fancy, give it a shot! It is available on Cydia now for $1.49. It runs on all devices (although he mentioned that it doesn't seem to run well on the iPad) and firmwares 4.0+ (with the exception of iOS 5).
Name: Android Recent Apps
Author: Fr0zen Sun
In the process of reviewing this tweak, I was able to interview Fr0zen Sun (who I later found to be named Ryan) and asked him a few questions about his work with Android Recent Apps.
JOSH: Other then the fact that it is inspired by the Android OS, what gave you the incentive to do this tweak over other ideas?
RYAN: I don't like the fact that the App Switcher is limited to 4 apps per page making it so that it is harder and takes longer to switch in between apps quickly.
JOSH: How long have you been working on this tweak?
RYAN: I worked on this tweak for a few days. The idea is pretty simple but I plan to add settings options.
JOSH: Do you have any future incorporations for Android Recent Apps?
RYAN: I hope to add more options and make it so it can pretty much replace the multitasking switcher.
JOSH: Are you working on any other projects you wish to speak about?
RYAN: I am right now working on a project called SBWidgetPage. It allows you to toggle between the Spotlight view and a page full of widgets on the SpringBoard.
JOSH: If anyone had any suggestions for how to make Android Recent Apps better, what is your best method of communication?
RYAN: Contact me on Twitter (@fr0zensun) or email me at [email protected].
Follow Ryan (@Fr0zenSun) on Twitter to keep up to date with Android Recent Apps and other projects by him.
Source(s): Ryan (@Fr0zenSun)
Last edited by Joshua Tucker; 09-05-2011 at 10:57 PM.
09-05-2011, 11:02 PM #2
I like Apple's implementation better. It's more consistent with swiping, for example the spring board. Besides, if we started caring about android (even if it's the good things) then we wouldn't be zealots anymore!
09-05-2011, 11:03 PM #3
09-05-2011, 11:39 PM #4
Android can suck ma willy :-)
09-06-2011, 01:48 AM #5
i like it
09-06-2011, 03:29 AM #6
I'll stick with switchermod and multifl0w myself.
It's great to see coverage of mods and tweaks but recently I feel you guys are grasping a bit. I know there's a balance between no coverage (which I don't want) and "spam," but paid apps like this, and openother+, and maybe one or two other recent ones.. I'm not sure that this is worthy of front page news.
I'm not normally one to make a comment like that, and it's not meant as an insult, just providing some feedback. I'm still very interested in notice when you come across genuinely slick tweaks, mods, and themes.
09-06-2011, 04:43 AM #7
android does have a lot of good things in it...it takes some getting used to after using the iP these past few years but i don't miss my iP4 so much now that i am used to getting around my Evo4G...
09-06-2011, 05:23 AM #8
Been using it for a few hours now and so far so good. I find multiflow to be a little slow and intrusive. This app is only slightly different to the stock multi-switcher so on balance maybe paying for it is pushing me towards not recommending it. The app is very well made though, my compliments to the chef!
09-06-2011, 05:28 AM #9
I may have to git it a try?
09-06-2011, 06:32 AM #10
secret moderator... Please hit that THANKS button over there if I helped you in any single way
09-06-2011, 06:41 AM #11
09-06-2011, 06:52 AM #12
09-06-2011, 07:23 AM #13
And there are plenty of people who are capable of locating "front page news" long before this site ever gets ahold of it....but they don't post it because they are not staff writers.
So here's a thought for you......if you don't want people to read or respond to news that they don't like....then why are you responding to comments you don't like?
09-06-2011, 08:47 AM #14
09-06-2011, 08:57 AM #15
Guys, let's act civil come on now. Let's not be children and act like mature adults (or I guess if you are children, act mature).
As you know already I'm sure, I specialize in jailbreak tweaks, news, and that sort of thing. My job is to present information about new and upcoming tweaks, along with news about other jailbreak-related information. That requires me to be on Cydia reviewing tweaks as they come up or splurge on what I'm testing.
You must remember that even though you may not see value in these tweaks, there are people out there that may see value in them. There will probably be tweaks that you guys like that others will say "Well why is that? That's stupid" or whatever. It is not right at any time to simply bash one another directly. You can disagree about different things, but disagree on the principle or idea, not the person.
Last edited by Joshua Tucker; 09-06-2011 at 09:00 AM.
09-06-2011, 09:15 AM #16
And the tweak seems like it's pretty cool. As soon as he adds the ability to close/end the apps i'll give it a go. It's always nice to have variety and be able to support the jailbreak community.
09-06-2011, 10:34 AM #17
Does this work on 5?
09-06-2011, 01:01 PM #18
Last edited by KraXik; 09-06-2011 at 02:51 PM.