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One thing a little annoying about Windows-phone is that the switcher shows a whole screen for every recent app. On Froyo phones, if you hold the home button you'd get a recent-apps-switcher that showed up to 8 icons on one screen, no need to thumb left and right to see which screen was the app you wanted.

Is there any option/workaround that will give the old Android-2.2 style behavior, when holding the back button to switch apps?

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This part of the Windows Phone OS is locked down. There is no way for any app to change this behavior.

  • That's sad. I wonder if any rooted apps have this, or will Windows 10 have it? – NoBugs Jan 4 '15 at 1:49
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    @NoBugs No, Windows 10 will not likely have it as it's a secure operating system like iOS. – Neil Turner Jan 4 '15 at 14:48
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    Sideloaded apps do not have additional API's they can use. As @NeilTurner says, this is by design. – Rob Tillie Jan 4 '15 at 15:00

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