BlackBerry PlayBook - Multitasking Tip (Showcase mode)

Gear: BlackBerry PlayBook, Slate Tablets.

The PlayBook can do really good multi-tasking but this tip is for those that want to take it a step further. This tip will be useful for those that want to play video in the background, switch application, and read or enjoy other apps at the same time.

The problem:
Default multi-tasking behavior pauses apps, which in turn stops audio from playing.

The solution:
Enabling "Showcase" mode allows apps to continue playing even when the app is not in focus.

How to enable Showcase mode:
  • Open Settings
  • Select "General" from the list of option settings
  • Change the Application Behavior from "Default" to "Showcase"
  • Enjoy!

This small little tip makes a big difference in my daily use of the PlayBook.  If you are like me and download video podcasts and music videos instead of audio versions and want them to keep playing in the background this is one way of doing it.

Multi-tasking like this will have an effect on the battery life.  I have not seen a "huge" difference, but a small one.

I hope this helps make your PlayBook experience a bit more enjoyable.

Published: May 17, 2011

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