Multitasking in mobile phones is one of the best options available in today’s time. As we are always completing several tasks at the same time wherein everything is directly or indirectly related to the technology, smartphones should be designed in a way that everything runs smoothly. For any smartphone to work without any hiccups when multitasking there are many inbuilt factors that contribute to its smooth functioning.
Let’s Understand Multitasking in Mobile by Example
Let us consider a scenario where you are listening to music, playing a game at the same time while there is a PDF file getting downloaded. Simultaneous tasks are being executed at the same time and that’s not all. There are several other Apps in the background as well which you must have opened or used prior to the recent ones, which are also running. These Apps running in the background are not necessarily displaying multitasking.
Now there is a proper mechanism behind this which says that Apps in the background can be in three states: running, suspended and closed.
How Multitasking in Mobile Works
In a running state, your App is in the foreground and it works just like Apps work on a computer, i.e., the instructions are being executed by the processor and it does occupy space in your phone’s memory. Take for an example, you are using an app and then you got a call in between which put that App you were using in a suspended (sleeping) state. That means the App got frozen as soon as you left it and hence it is no longer executed by the processor which further implies that the space it used to occupy will be given to other Apps if needed. In that case, whatever data your App holds is temporarily transferred to secondary storage or SD card or phone’s extended memory (if it has any).
These Apps in the background as we have just discovered in ‘suspended mode’ do not use any space, battery, and connection. But there are certain Apps like, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Apps, music Apps, location related Apps which needs to be in a running state every time otherwise they will stop functioning. Apps like Viber, Skype need to be in connection always otherwise all actions regarding the App will be denied. Hence, the battery will be utilized by these Apps for connection no matter what.
For a smartphone to multitask smoothly, factors like a huge battery, larger screen size, and more memory help a lot. A bigger display will help you to easily navigate through especially with the Nougat’s split-screen feature. Also, multiple apps running at the back means more consumption of the battery, as Applications even in the resting phase consume some amount of charge and in order to have a long-lasting day of multitasking you need a smartphone with a powerful battery. Needless to say, RAM and internal storage play a pivotal role in multitasking. Without a powerful RAM and storage, you’ll be struggling with a lagging or delayed functioning device.
Phones like Panasonic Smart Phones, Moto, Lenovo have really good options. Panasonic Eluga Ray 700 (INR 9,999/-) comes with a 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM (expandable up to 128 GB) and is ideal for handling heavy multitasking at amazing speed. Some of the other competing smartphones include Moto X4 (INR 20,999/-) which has a 3000mAh battery, 5.2-inch Display, and 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM.