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(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
So for those of use who have never used an Android ... what was it once useful for?
Posted Apr 20, 2011 0:26 UTC (Wed) by corbet (editor, #1)
For example, on Android phones, tapping the "home" button returns to the home screen. A long tap on that button will, instead, put up a list of running applications and let you choose one to switch to.
Posted Apr 20, 2011 1:22 UTC (Wed) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Posted Apr 20, 2011 6:16 UTC (Wed) by KSteffensen (subscriber, #68295)
Posted Apr 20, 2011 11:09 UTC (Wed) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
My biggest gripe is that you can't background it to allow it to buffer the whole video. Seeking is also very flaky (often just tossing away all of the cache and then quitting). This is the primary reason I refuse to use flash on my main machines: mplayer just does so much better at everything than flash when it comes to video.
Posted Apr 20, 2011 7:29 UTC (Wed) by rvfh (subscriber, #31018)
Posted Apr 20, 2011 14:00 UTC (Wed) by nevyn (subscriber, #33129)
It's also kind of slow (I'd guess you have to hold the press for 2 seconds), and out of the way enough, that I rarely use it.
And I didn't know about the "long press for numbers" functionality, until I read this review.
Posted Apr 20, 2011 15:14 UTC (Wed) by nye (guest, #51576)
Eh? Does your on-screen keyboard not show you the shifted version of each button in a lighter colour above the main button? Mine has '1' above 'Q', '!' above 'A', '_' above 'Z', etc. Trying to type on the thing would be excruciating without those.
I think this is Froyo (but maybe the keyboard is an application independent of the OS version?).
Posted Apr 20, 2011 21:36 UTC (Wed) by edgewood (subscriber, #1123)
Being an analytical person, I then wondered what long taps on other buttons would do, and discovered the "long press on search to bring up voice search".
But I could see other people never discovering the difference that a long tap can make.
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