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  1. stenson625's Avatar
    I hope I am not alone in annoyance at the way Windows Phone 8.1 lacks true multitasking.
    Having got used to having other apps run in the background untouched or unsuspended in the then Symbian and Android, It feels so bizarre to me to see apps in windows phone being suspended in the background once I leave the apps' screens. Coupled with the annoying resuming issue, I feel pathetic about my phone not being responsive and smart when I needed it to show my friends things!
    Be that as it may, I plead Microsoft to do something about this. I feel sick 😷 about this and my phone!
    11-21-2014 01:58 PM
  2. FAHMI BASSEM's Avatar
    It seems that you have a low end device.
    11-21-2014 02:07 PM
  3. anon8957882's Avatar
    You do realise that it was done to save power. I think it's a more efficient way of power management to pause the apps where they are when pushed to the background. I am okay with it. A second of delay can be tolerated for that "resuming" screen.
    11-21-2014 02:09 PM
  4. Mike Gibson's Avatar
    If an app has "fast resume" turned on then they resume very quickly. A fast resume app is suspended but not dumped from memory (unless you run low on memory by using other apps), so it doesn't have to reload everything when you switch back to it. I have that set on my WP8 app and it's seamless switching back to it.
    portalfocus likes this.
    11-21-2014 02:27 PM
  5. Zulfigar's Avatar
    Yeah, resuming isn't much of a bother to me as long as I know my battery can last all day, and unless I'm gaming, it can. Yay Lumia 920. :)
    11-21-2014 02:27 PM
  6. stenson625's Avatar
    It seems that you have a low end device.
    Even at that, do I need a million RAM phone to get true multitasking? Low RAM single core Symbian had it... SMH!
    Sonu K likes this.
    11-21-2014 02:44 PM
  7. stenson625's Avatar
    You do realise that it was done to save power. I think it's a more efficient way of power management to pause the apps where they are when pushed to the background. I am okay with it. A second of delay can be tolerated for that "resuming" screen.
    If so, then there should be an option to turn ON or OFF true multitasking in order to conserve power and have full utility of one's phone. Now, I feel that my phone can't run any other thing in the background except music...Downloading with apps stops when you leave the app...what a pathetic life!
    zkyevolved, D M C and dezzilak like this.
    11-21-2014 02:50 PM
  8. Ashish Gupta888's Avatar
    If so, then there should be an option to turn ON or OFF true multitasking in order to conserve power and have full utility of one's phone. Now, I feel that my phone can't run any other thing in the background except music...Downloading with apps stops when you leave the app...what a pathetic life!
    You may have tried apps that don't allow download in background. Use UC Browser and see it works well if you download anything in background. It depends upon the app if it was designed to handle background task.
    stenson625 likes this.
    11-21-2014 02:55 PM
  9. stenson625's Avatar
    Making things odd than the usual accepted way is sometimes good, but this time MS got it wrong 👎!
    Let me have full control of my phone: It is not much to ask! Following or coping Iphone restrictions strategies won't help MS outside US soil.
    11-21-2014 03:04 PM
  10. travis_valkyrie's Avatar
    Let me have full control of my phone
    This is pretty much your mistake, you chose the wrong platform !
    portalfocus, eYinka and Alfa Kapa like this.
    11-21-2014 07:05 PM
  11. Nabkawe5's Avatar
    This is pretty much your mistake, you chose the wrong platform ��!
    Fan: Try WP why aren't you giving it a chance?
    Customer: I don't like this obvious flaw!
    Fan: You chose the wrong platform. :D
    11-21-2014 07:16 PM
  12. travis_valkyrie's Avatar
    Fan: Try WP why aren't you giving it a chance?
    Customer: I don't like this obvious flaw!
    Fan: You chose the wrong platform. :D
    Nothing wrong with pointing out the obvious.
    So much coming from a guy whose pic says true fanboyism.
    Nabkawe5 and stenson625 like this.
    11-21-2014 07:39 PM
  13. Nabkawe5's Avatar
    I don't understand what's wrong with being a fan, you seem like a fan yourself, actually while my photo is a selfie with a phone that doesn't show a brand's name or logo, yours is a company's product logo so.... :D
    11-21-2014 08:21 PM
  14. stenson625's Avatar
    This is pretty much your mistake, you chose the wrong platform !
    I'm sad that you chose the wrong platform too! You would have not have time to comment on this if you are not concerned about the multitasking flaw.
    Qais Abu-Hasan likes this.
    11-22-2014 12:55 AM
  15. Michael Alan Goff's Avatar
    Which OS had true multitasking in your eyes? And I mean mobile OS.
    portalfocus likes this.
    11-24-2014 07:05 PM
  16. stenson625's Avatar
    Which OS had true multitasking in your eyes? And I mean mobile OS.
    Did you read the post supporting the topic?
    11-24-2014 10:59 PM
  17. Michael Alan Goff's Avatar
    Did you read the post supporting the topic?
    I was hoping I had just misread when you put Android. I've never had an Android device that works like you seem to think. I've had two tablets and one phone, 3.0-4.4, and they all had to refresh apps just like my 1520 does sometimes.
    11-25-2014 07:01 AM
  18. Josip Zeljko's Avatar
    I was hoping I had just misread when you put Android. I've never had an Android device that works like you seem to think. I've had two tablets and one phone, 3.0-4.4, and they all had to refresh apps just like my 1520 does sometimes.
    That's not entirely true. My wife has a higher low end android phone (Huawei g630) with 1gb ram and switching between apps is seamless.
    11-25-2014 07:27 AM
  19. Michael Alan Goff's Avatar
    That's not entirely true. My wife has a higher low end android phone (Huawei g630) with 1gb ram and switching between apps is seamless.
    I'm glad you're here to tell me that my Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Motorola Xoom didn't refresh apps a lot if I browsed the internet. That makes it suddenly not have happened.
    11-28-2014 09:04 AM
  20. AluminiumRims's Avatar
    People don't seem to understand what true multitasking is here. True multitasking is that the application continues to run despite it has been minimized (This is not the definition though, but a special case for mobile OSes) and you are working on another program. Right now for example I listen to a youtube clip and I want to continue to do that while I'm working in another program, it isn't possible. This is possible in by default in Symbian, BB10 and even Windows Mobile!!. I'm a bit surprised that Microsoft went this path with totally suspend applications with their long experience with this. They seems to have copied Apple a little bit too much but for a business phone, true multitasking is a requirement.

    They should enable true multitasking for their applications and totally suspend an application should not be a requirement. Android has a middle way, that screen off will suspend all applications but sometimes even that isn't enough. The problem with this is if the browser is running and some heavy flash ad is running eating your battery despite your screen is off, how should you prevent that? Well, one solution is that you can enable/disable this functionality on application basis and you are responsible for this yourself. Another possible solution is that you limit the time a program can run in screen off mode.

    I wish they made Windows Phone more like desktop windows regarding this. Also that they update the contents of the applications in task switcher screen just like on your taskbar in desktop Windows
    12-06-2014 08:20 AM
  21. SammyD97's Avatar
    People don't seem to understand what true multitasking is here. True multitasking is that the application continues to run despite it has been minimized (This is not the definition though, but a special case for mobile OSes) and you are working on another program. Right now for example I listen to a youtube clip and I want to continue to do that while I'm working in another program, it isn't possible. This is possible in by default in Symbian, BB10 and even Windows Mobile!!. I'm a bit surprised that Microsoft went this path with totally suspend applications with their long experience with this. They seems to have copied Apple a little bit too much but for a business phone, true multitasking is a requirement.

    They should enable true multitasking for their applications and totally suspend an application should not be a requirement. Android has a middle way, that screen off will suspend all applications but sometimes even that isn't enough. The problem with this is if the browser is running and some heavy flash ad is running eating your battery despite your screen is off, how should you prevent that? Well, one solution is that you can enable/disable this functionality on application basis and you are responsible for this yourself. Another possible solution is that you limit the time a program can run in screen off mode.

    I wish they made Windows Phone more like desktop windows regarding this. Also that they update the contents of the applications in task switcher screen just like on your taskbar in desktop Windows
    I'm not a dev but I think its up to devs to make their apps work in the background. I'm currently playing a youtube app using Metrotube while typing this on the WCentral app.
    Cryio likes this.
    12-06-2014 08:51 AM
  22. AluminiumRims's Avatar
    Yes an application for youtube with a background job might solve it but if I want to do the same thing for vimeo or some other site we are there again. An app is just the workaround. I agree that it is the app developers that should decide how the app behaves while minimized. That is how it works in desktop Windows and if some application steals too many cycles we can easily check it. Why not provide us with the same or better tools for that in Windows phone. Symbian and Windows mobile is the proof of concept that this model works as Symbian for example has very good battery life.
    stenson625 likes this.
    12-06-2014 09:00 AM
  23. werner6769's Avatar
    Yes the resuming is kind annoying at times. Though I do understand the battery being lengthened by this. If people try WP and are used to android and iphone, they will probably wonder what is this resuming? Is my phone broken?
    ajcletus500 likes this.
    12-06-2014 11:00 AM
  24. Akssingh's Avatar
    Yes the resuming is kind annoying at times. Though I do understand the battery being lengthened by this. If people try WP and are used to android and iphone, they will probably wonder what is this resuming? Is my phone broken?
    Exactly what I was thinking but turning the kids corner off solved everything.
    12-06-2014 11:18 AM
  25. chris722's Avatar
    What I don't like about Android is that my music application always turns off when the screen goes off. Only exception to the rule seems to be SoundCloud, but Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music etc. they all stop playing, either when they are pushed to the background or when the screen goes off.
    12-06-2014 11:44 AM
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