LilyPad HD Redefines Multitasking on Tablets

LilyPad HD Redefines Multitasking on Tablets

Apr 18, 2012

The beta app LilyPad HD is a chat app from Ayman Suleiman, who runs the website that Tablified Market is based off of, that lets Android tablet users chat on IM from any app with an overlay. PC/Mac users think this is no big deal, but this app is a big deal for tablet users.

The thing to remember is that the current tablet architecture is borne from smartphone operating systems, not from desktop ones. Remember that the smartphone is designed to perform one task at a time, and because tablets are running on these same mobile operating systems, just at higher resolutions on bigger screens, they still operate in the “one app on a screen at a time” mode. As such, this means that despite tablets having the same resolution as many netbooks and laptops, true multitasking potential goes away. That’s what LilyPad HD attempts to do differently.

LilyPad HD windows show as overlays over the normal display. Everything behind them is still interactive and works as expected, it’s just the front windows of the app that can be touched and used when the app is live. Chat windows can be opened up and dragged around the screen. A buddy list can be opened and minimized as necessary. Minimized windows just become notifications in the notfication bar, tapped to be reopened. It’s very much like a desktop PC experience, what with windows to drag around and reopen from a list.

The app is still in beta, currently available from the XDA forums, with plenty of bugs, and the inability to add more than one account at the moment, it appears. Having the ability to add in accounts from the system itself, if possible, would be handy as well. Those will surely be ironed out, as at its core it is an IM app, and there have been plenty of those that have worked well. It’s just what this app is doing that makes it unique, as few if any apps have tried to bring a true multitasking (not just having apps running in the background) to tablet operating systems. This is a big step forward.