Faster Multitasking on 920?

liquidpaul

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I bought a Nokia 520 and am enjoying playing with WP8, but I find the multitasking to be very slow. Is this because the 520 is a low end device? Does the 920 switch tasks more quickly? I noticed on Nokia's site that the 920 has twice the memory as the 520 and somewhere I saw that the 920 has dual channel memory. Does that translate into quicker fast application switching? Are there benchmarks for this anywhere? Coming from an iPhone 4s, the WP8 app switching I experience on the 520 is pretty terrible...
 

pantsaregood

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It really depends on the app. The approach Windows Phone has taken on multitasking has evolved over the years.

WP7 didn't have a task switcher, only a back button. When you left an app, it was completely "dehydrated." Pressing "back" resulted in the app being forced to reload entirely.
WP7.5 introduced the task switcher, as well as introducing the ability to instantly resume. Not all apps support this feature, however.
WP8 introduced the ability to reload the state an app is in without using the task switcher. In WP7.5, opening an app from your start screen would always restart it. In WP8, it simply resumes the app if the app if coded to support this.

Because of these differences, some apps don't support the various styles of "fast resume," and seem to take a long time to load. Changing phones doesn't really improve this. It isn't a problem with the OS, it's a problem with development.
 

WanderingTraveler

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The 920 multitasks more capably than the 520, and it can keep your apps from being tombstoned for longer periods of time.

Of course, it depends on how much RAM the app requires.
 

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