MultiWindow Android: Latest News


The first six tablets that will get MultiWindow Android have been announced in two advertorial posts [Google English and Google English] — probably paid for by Rockchip and its participating partners.

Of all of the Rockchip-based iPad Mini clones, only two are listed: The Chuwi V88 and the Vido Mini One. What’s significant about this is that both tablets offer 2GBs of RAM, so I wonder if MultiWindow Android needs that as a minimum for the upgrade to fully and smoothly operate. That would be an important factor to consider in choosing which iPad Mini clone to buy.

For those who have had doubts about how much MultiWindow Android will change things, we have a new video after the break.

This video answers the question, What happens if two panes are open side by side and then a third app is launched?

Here are two tablets. The lower left is a Rockchip 3188-based Pipo M8 Pro with a 9.4-inch 1280×800 screen. Upper right is an Exynos 4122-based Ramos W30HD with a 10.1 1920 x 1200 screen. Both have 2GBs of RAM. Which tablet is more powerful?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I define “power” by how much I can get done with a tablet. Clearly the Pipo M8 Pro with MultiWindow Android does more.

People keep insisting to me that Android 5.0 will offer multiwindowing with the slim reasoning that it’s “inevitable.” Yet there have been zero leaks about this so I consider it wishful thinking right now. And even if 5.0 does bring multiwindowing, will it be better than what Rockchip has shown? Because it does need to be better — and at the very least it has to match it. Advanced word about 5.0 is that it will run on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. I don’t see that happening with multiwindowing, do you?

Previously here:

MultiWindow Android Versus Windows 8
Vido Will Offer MultiWindow Android
More About MultiWindow Android
Rockchip’s MultiWindow Android Is Stunning And Better Than Samsung’s
Rockchip Bringing Windowing To Android


Filed under Android, Video

6 responses to “MultiWindow Android: Latest News

  1. Jonathan

    Mike, thanks for the interesting post. Looks like the Vido Mini One already has a MultiWindow update available for download on the Yuandao official web site.

    • mikecane

      If you have a Vido Mini One and do the MWA upgrade, let us know ho it is.

      • yeahman45

        according to posts on forums; the performance is not that good unfortunately.. people are complaining it is slow and not very usesable.. hope it will improve in future firmware releases… i hope that the videos they showed for the multiwindow demos were not actually tweaked

      • mikecane

        The videos showed it on the Chuwi V88. The Vido is a different beast because Vido modified the Android home screen. That might account for it.

  2. yeahman45

    i hope they fix it on the vido one.. i am planning to get one

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