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Cornerstone splits your tablet screen to allow work with three apps at a time, might get into CM9

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Cornerstone splits your tablet screen to allow work with three apps at a time, might get into CM9
A multitasking feature called Cornerstone is being developed for the tablet CyanogenMod 9 ROMs, which splits your tablet screen to allow work with three apps at a time.

It's a neat idea, and the developers at Onsckreen aim to release it with the next versions of CM9, if the CM crew deems it stable enough. There is a drawer for two apps on the right-hand side of the screen, which can be called at any time by tapping a thin bar.

The drawer then pulls almost to the middle of your tablet's screen, squishing your current interface, and you can interact with all three screen parts now - the default one, and the two apps in the drawer that sit on top of each other. 

Cornerstone splits your tablet screen to allow work with three apps at a time, might get into CM9
Cornerstone splits your tablet screen to allow work with three apps at a time, might get into CM9

These two apps that get pulled are, of course, up to your choosing, so we see numerous useful applications for such a multitasking solution like Cornerstone. Someone at Microsoft now is smirking condescendingly, but watch a video of the concept below, 

source: CM (Google+) via AndroidPolice



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posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:46 6

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


That is.. AWESOME!

gotta love that TRUE MULTITASKING feature in android. :) You keep that "smoothness", ill take functionality. :)

its open source, Imma see if if i can get it runnin well on my HC tablet.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:55 6

3. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


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Cant do it myself. Its outside of my scope. Its not just an overlay or an app, it has to be shoehorned into the ROM as it fundamentally changes some of android's core settings. There is a thread between cyanogen (steve K) and the devs at cornerstone highlighting the fact that google is not happy about the app since it changes android at some basic levels, and is threatening to remove the market from cyanogenmod if they implement it. Hopefully they can all come to an agreement about it. Or even better, have google buy up this company and implement it into the system themselves as a permanent ICS feature. That would rock.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 18:29

7. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Remove the market from CM?

They already sent a C&D to the CM team long ago to stop including google apps in the ROM.

Of course, getting Google Apps installed is as easy as ticking the box in ROM manager to install them after installing the CM ROM, but still, they are not included in the ROM as is.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:47 5

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


This make alot of sense. IT's almost like having different windows but I feel it's much more android-like. Windows are kind of a, well windows thing. As in Microsoft... Ha. But yeah, this feels like it belongs more. Kudos to cornerstone.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 12:53 2

4. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


FInally!

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 13:40 6

5. SleepingOz (unregistered)


This is ANDROID!

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 15:45

6. AngusNG12345 (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


pure sweetnessssss

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 20:56 2

8. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


And CM with an uppercut to Windows 8. Windows 8 stumbles back and is on the ropes...
To be continued

But seriously, this was going to be one of the cornerstones for Win8, and if Android gets it before them it could take out the hardcore market. Ouch (No pun intended btw ;)

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