Is Android turning into Windows 3.1?

Is Android turning into Windows 3.1?

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Windows on phones: horrible then, pretty unpleasant now. / © AndroidPIT
I’m not the first to comment on it: one former Microsoft manager tweeted that Android N’s Multi-Window mode proved that “every operating system evolves until it resembles Windows 3.1”. And if you dig around inside Android N you’ll find a feature that really, really resembles Windows: freely resizable floating windows. It isn’t on by default and might not make the final cut for the Android N release – multi-window was in the Android M preview but was held back for N – but it’s clearly coming.What’s next? Clippy the paperclip? Minesweeper?
Nobody wants Windows on their phone
If you’re old enough to remember the struggles of life without smartphones, you’ll probably remember Microsoft’s attempts to bring Windows to phones – first as Windows Mobile, then as Windows Phone. The results weren’t pretty, because it turned out that phones were nothing like PCs, the things people wanted to do on their phones were different to the things they did on PCs, and PC operating systems are probably best left to PCs.
So why on earth is Google trying to bring the Windows UI back? Wasn’t it mocking Microsoft about Windows 10 just a few months ago?
We suspect the answer may be that Google isn’t thinking about right now. It’s thinking about the future, and Android’s place in it. And unfortunately that future looks awfully like the past.
We’re not luddites. Split screen mode is really useful. / © AndroidPIT
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Article originally published at: Droid Life