A good phone gets better: multi-window apps for Galaxy S III


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Samsung shared details of its Premium Suite software upgrade for the Galaxy S III handset on Friday, highlighting seven new features for the company’s best-selling handset. Many are already available on the Galaxy Note 2, where they benefit from the bigger screen. Perhaps surprisingly, however, Samsung is bringing the unique multi-window function to the smaller screen of the Galaxy S III: After the update, running two applications on the display at one time will be possible.

What makes the multi-window function useful in my experience with a Galaxy Note 2 is that both apps are fully functioning; one isn’t suspended while the other is active for example. That means you can be watching an active Twitter timeline on one side of the screen while browsing the web, watching a video or updating your Facebook(s fb) status on the other. Samsung demonstrates it in this video, which covers some of the Premium Suite features for its Galaxy S III.

Additional functionality in the premium Suite includes Page Buddy, which are specific home pages that dynamically open upon certain circumstances. Plug in your headphones and the music player will appear, for example. Frequently used applications can be set to show in your app list. And a Facebook ticker can be added to the Galaxy S III lock screen, saving time if you’re a Facebook addict. Plus, a new Reader mode looks to show content on a web page without ads or other non-relevant information while also supporting customized font sizes.


G Scott

Oh my gosh! More than one ‘card’ is active at a time? You mean, real multitasking where you can be productive?

webOS says HI :)


Has the update been released yet? If not when’s it supposed to be coming?

Ken Smith

Amusing how as Microsoft tries to get everything down to just one window in Windows 8, other folks are trying to figure out how to get multiple windows to work.

Phil Davis

Cool stuff, but as it’s tied to Jelly Bean, Verizon users never will see it.

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