Is Android turning into Windows 3.1?


I’m not the first to comment on it: one former Microsoft manager tweeted that Android N’s Multi-Window mode proved that “every operating system evolves until it resembles Windows 3.1”. And if you dig around inside Android N you’ll find a feature that really, really resembles Windows: freely resizable floating windows. It isn’t on by default and might not make the final cut for the Android N release – multi-window was in the Android M preview but was held back for N – but it’s clearly coming.

What’s next? Clippy the paperclip? Minesweeper?

Nobody wants Windows on their phone

If you’re old enough to remember the struggles of life without smartphones, you’ll probably remember Microsoft’s attempts to bring Windows to phones – first as Windows Mobile, then as Windows Phone. The results weren’t pretty, because it turned out that phones were nothing like PCs, the things people wanted to do on their phones were different to the things they did on PCs, and PC operating systems are probably best left to PCs.

So why on earth is Google trying to bring the Windows UI back? Wasn’t it mocking Microsoft about Windows 10 just a few months ago?

We suspect the answer may be that Google isn’t thinking about right now. It’s thinking about the future, and Android’s place in it. And unfortunately that future looks awfully like the past.

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Your cell is a caterpillar

Mobile devices are taking over the world. A whole generation has grown up with the smartphone, not the PC, as their primary computing device – and increasingly, those phones (and tablets, which are essentially the same) are being used for more and more things that PCs used to do.

Imagine that the smartphone is the Very Hungry Caterpillar, eating its way through every stand-alone device. For me, it’s replaced the iPod, the point and shoot camera, the in-car stereo, the GPS and the CD player. Why shouldn’t it replace the PC too?

For more and more of us, that’s already happening. When Apple’s newest iPad is more powerful than its newest MacBook, has an optional keyboard and is sold with PR shots of smiling office workers using Microsoft Word, it’s clear where this is all heading. And that’s where multi-window support in Android comes from: Android wants to replace the PC too, and it thinks that to do so it’ll need to offer a more PC-like interface.

I’m not sure that’s a great idea. To understand why, you need to visit my kitchen.

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My kitchen explains everything

I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets. Show me something that’ll cut, chop, spiralize, sear, saute and stir-fry and I’ll buy it, use it once and put it on top of a cupboard with all the other kitchen gadgets I’ve wasted money on.

The list of do-everything gadgets I’ve bought is very long, but the list of things I actually use regularly has just two things on it: a knife and a skillet.

What my knife and my skillet have in common isn’t just that they’re good. It’s that they’re focused. They concentrate on doing one thing well. The do-everything gadgets do everything, sure, but they don’t do everything well.

Mobile apps – the good ones – do one thing very well without fuss or distractions, and desktop OSes have increasingly copied them: first Windows and then OS X embraced split-screen working as a more focused alternative to multiple windows, and Mac apps in particular tend to offer distraction-free full screen modes that bring them closer to the experience of working on a smartphone or tablet. So it’s strange that as desktop OSes are getting more like mobile OSes, some people want mobile OSes to become more desktop-y.

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Let’s keep things simple

Do you really want a smartphone or tablet OS that looks like Windows 3.1?

The thing is, some people do. But we need to ignore those people, because they’re the kind of people who get bad tattoos, do stupid things to customize their cars and have horrible haircuts.

I’m not a luddite, or anti-multitasking. Running two apps side by side makes sense on big-screened phones upwards – for browsing Reddit while watching YouTube, copying from a document to an email, all the other simple things that it makes easier – and the split-screen stacks we saw in the ill-fated WebOS, were pretty nifty too. However, multiple overlapping, floating windows seems like unnecessary PC-style complexity to me. And complexity is why so many of us abandoned PCs for mobile in the first place.

Android data recovery – recover deleted files on Android

If you’ve ever lost an important file, you know how frustrating it can be to retrieve deleted data. That’s why having a program that thoroughly and easily gets to these files is essential. You need to be able to get to old files even when a part of the memory has been overwritten by a download or update.

That’s where FonePaw Android Data Recovery comes to the rescue. It swiftly and effectively finds and recovers lost or deleted videos, audio files, photos, text messages, contacts, call logs, old documents and many more. Just imagine all the useful things you could find.

FonePaw Android Data Recovery works across multiple platforms and on many devices. You can search through a wide range of Android devices. It supports the recovery of data from Android phones and tablets from many manufacturers such as HTC, Sony, Google, Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus, Acer, and so many more.

Get started on using FonePaw Android Data Recovery and you will find, for example, all your valuable pictures. Read on for an easy guide for how to get recovering immediately.

Getting started recovering your pictures with FonePaw Android Data Recovery is simple. First you need to download the FonePaw Android Data Recovery software.

Connect your Android phone/tablet to the computer. After that, turn on USB debugging on the device.

Please note that the operation of checking USB debugging varies with different Android versions. You can check your phone and select the right way to do that.

If your device is not immediately recognized, you will need to manually input it. This is simple, just pick your manufacturer, device and model from the dropdown lists.

Once your device has been recognized and analyzed.

Just choose from these options of different files you want FonePaw Android Data Recovery to scan. This could take a few minutes, depending on how many pictures you have.

Once FonePaw Android Data Recovery is finished, you will be all set to effortlessly recover lost photos from Android. It’s that easy. This innovative and user-friendly software recovered all of your lost or deleted photos with just a few clicks. Now you can go back and recover the rest of your files.

Remember, FonePaw Android Data Recovery works across multiple platforms and with many manufacturers. If you haven’t already, download the software for your device and get started on fast and easy file recovery.

How to choose the right microSD card for your Android

There are a lot of microSD cards to choose from, but not all of them will work with your Android phone or tablet. When you’re choosing between SDHC and SDXC, or a Class 10 and UHS-I Class 1, here are a few tips to help you make sure you’re choosing the best one for your device and your needs.

You’ll most often come across two types of microSD cards — SDHC and SDXC. The difference between the two is the range in capacities they provide.

SDHC cards have a capacity of 2GB to 32GB. Alternatively, SDXC cards can range from 32GB to 2TB. To put this in perspective, one photo taken on a 16MP camera is about 7MB worth of data. If you purchase a 32GB card, you could store 4,500 or more photos on it. (This number would differ if you’re using a Galaxy S7, which can shoot in RAW format, creating photos with much larger file sizes.)


You might be tempted to choose the largest capacity, but you’ll need to check what your device supports.

Galaxy S and S7 Edge: 200GB
LG V10: 2TB
Moto G 2015: 32GB
Xperia Z5 Compact: 200GB
OneTouch Idol 3: 32GB


Once you choose a card capacity, it’s time to choose its speed. The speed class of your card determines how quickly it can write data. When you’re working with video, or bursts of photos, the faster the better.

Most newer mobile devices will support three primary speed classes: Class 10, UHS-1 Class 1, and UHS-1 Class 3. UHS stands for Ultra High Speed, and currently has two bus types (the connection between card and phone hardware), labeled I and II, which help determine the card’s maximum speed. UHS-2 cards — which feature an extra row of pins — are being produced, but a limited number of mobile devices support them.

MicroSDHC and microSDXC cards can be any of these three classes, since capacity and speed are not directly related. Since maximum speed is only provided by some manufacturers on packaging, here are the minimum speeds and intended purposes of each class:

source – cnet