Introducing CardSwitcher for iOS devices

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Apple devices are generally considered intuitive, innovative, revolutionary, even resolutionary. But if you look really closely, you will find a few flaws and at times you wonder why a certain feature was left out and why others were done a certain way. Well, in the world of patents and billion-dollar lawsuits, that discussion is for another article.

I love my iphone but one thing I cannot stand is the cumbersome multitasking tray which doesn’t even offer ‘true’ multitasking. It saves all your recently opened apps in a certain freeze mode so that whenever you’re ready, you can just pick up where you left off. Except, there are times when you wish your expensive device would actually complete the login or open the webpage while in the background.

Another quirk about the multitasking tray is how clumsy it is to close applications especially when you have more than 8 running in the background. You literally have to hold an app icon down for 2 seconds, then start pressing each tiny red button until you’ve cleared all the apps from the multitasking tray. If you had 50 plus apps open, that would easily qualify for some form of 15 minute cardio workout.

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So, what’s the solution, you ask? Well, I don’t care to wait for Apple to resolve that in another iOS update. If you have a jailbroken iphone or ipad, head on to Cydia and install ‘cardswitcher’. This brings the palm-pre style multitasking to the iphone with some major advancements. You can either use the card format or the grid format. I’ll let the pictures show u.

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It’s easy to use and fun when you throw away the cards and that automatically closes the apps. It’s also very pleasing to the eyes while getting the job done better than the stock iOS method.

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For the past 2 weeks I have found it makes multitasking on the iphone significantly sweeter, and if you combine it with ‘backgrounder’, another tweak in cydia, then the apps actually work full time in the background and not in the freeze mode.

Try it out if you have a jailbroken device and let me know your thoughts.

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  1. Nice apps from cydia for jailbroken iOS devices. So many good and easy ways of doing things makes me wonder why Apple decided to leave them all out. I enjoyed a lot of apps from cydia when I had my iPhone 3Gs. Unfortunately, I now have iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 both running iOS 5.1. There is no untethered jailbreak for the iOS 5.1 yet.

    Guess I have to bear the inconveniences of Apple restrictions till a proper jailbreak is found.:(

  2. Steve jobs wrote in his book that rather than research for what they should put in their devices like other manufacturers do, they look for what not to have in it to make it perfect.

  3. “…they look for what not to have in it to make it perfect…”

    Very bold statement especially when your device is selling more than Iya Basira’s rice. But does “not including” useful and demanded features make the device perfect?

  4. @deoladoctor, it initially sounded stupid to me too when i read it. However, it later made some sense. Check for example the issue of flash player. Apple will not have it run on their devices. Even though other platforms boasts of flash players in their browsers, Apple stuck to their gun. Today, adobe has discotinued support for flash on mobile devices. Doesnt it justify Apple’s stand? The new chrome mobile browser (the best mobile browser IMO) by google too was made not to support flash. Probably in concurrence that apple made the right decision.

  5. Great app, i’v been looking for something like this on Android for sometime, would be nice if an app existed for Android that would give it the multi tasking ability of the N900 or the palm pre any suggestions

  6. This is for Ayo Olanrewaju, i noticed you have the app ‘evi’ on your iphone4s. Why when you already enjoy the almighty siri? I use it on my android but expect siri to be better and sufficient for those with iphone4s.

  7. I run andriod ginger bread on my xperia pro, fortunately for me sony has promised ice cream sandwich, i hope it wont be long a wait until it’s released .

  8. Ayo, your review is Gr8! And tempting too. Unfortunately, I’ve upgraded my iDevice to 5.1 already. I have to wait for a new jailbreak that can exploit it. But me likes this Multi-tasking interface and Backgrounder!

    Just as I’ve already stated, the lack of pure multitasking on iOS is an artificial thing. It is a shackle imposed by Apple, it’s not that the OS cannot incorporate cannot intrinsically incorporate multi-tasking! Jail broken devices are able to cope with all that without much hassle or loss in fluidity.

    By the way, Ayo, does the Backgrounder app not negatively impact on battery life? or is it within bearable limits?

  9. @johnny

    Great app, i’v been looking for something like this on Android for sometime, would be nice if an app existed for Android that would give it the multi tasking ability of the N900 or the palm pre any suggestions

    Give Jbak TaskMan a try while waiting for ICS. It could be all you need.

  10. @Johnny

    I run andriod ginger bread on my xperia pro, fortunately for me sony has promised ice cream sandwich, i hope it wont be long a wait until it’s released .

    Why don’t you head on to XDA Developers and see if someone has ported ICS to it. I too is in the same situation as you(I use a Galaxy S) and Samasung did not even look at our side. No problem though as i’m already running ICS now.

  11. @deoladoctor & @dfewgoodmen: I actually was very tempted to upgrade to OS 5.1 but I placed it on hold because I don’t want to lose my jailbreak yet. Hopefully, the chronic dev team guys will come up with a jailbreak for os 5.1 on A5 devices soon. As for the backgrounder, it does run down the battery considerably faster so I only enabled backgrounder for safari and a few other apps so the battery drain is not really significant.

    @belushi: well, yes I have evi and voice actions. I find that Siri Can b “silly” with some questions that Evi handles better. But I really only downloaded it to test out Siri alternatives. I should put up an article on that soon

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