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Window limit reached on Android

I’m getting this alert message with the alert box information of “Can’t open a new window until you close one”.   Well sure, that makes sense and yet it doesn’t.

Answer

Well, for those who are not into tech here is the quick rundown.  If you were not on a smart phone or maybe tablet, these windows would be called browser “tabs”.  On my phone the limit is 8.  Thus, you just have to close one. That is, in this particular situation, window === tab, and this browser won’t allow many tabs.

Update:
Another option is to use another Web Browser. I’m now trying the Google Chrome browser available for Android. On Jelly Bean you can even replace the default browser link icon on the bottom toolbar of the screen with the Chrome one.

How to close a tab in browser

On my phone you scroll to the top of the current web page, and in the top right of the browser app,there is a button, widget, or something that you have to click.  This gets you into the ‘menu’ where you can close some of the open windows.  On my Samsung Note with Android 4.0.1, the button is an icon of cascaded rectangles.  I read that on other phones it is a vertical series of dots.

Note that on web sites they say you have to go into the menu to close a browser window.  Not really true, afaik, there is no old style browser menu.  If you go into the phone menu or soft key and close the browser you are closing the application, not a browser window or tab.   I know, what a mess!

Rant

This is so bad.

  1. Prior to my update to Android 4, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, I never had this problem.  So, it is this browser.
  2. It takes too much effort to close those windows.
  3. It takes too much time to close even one window.
  4. This whole thing is dumb.

Instead, why not just prompt or do something to offer a quick solution.  Like:

  • Offer or automatically reuse least recently used window?
  • Offer list of windows and single click to reuse one.
  • Put a link in the alert box to allow single click to go into the window list and close cha cha.
  • Not have a limit.

Updates
2013-05-02: The Chrome browser for Android handles multiple tabs much better than the stock browser, at least on my Note. You can have many, resize, order, scroll them, “… all kinds of moves.”

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