For the most part, Microsofts Windows Phone operating system is a fast and responsive platform, save for one crucial area: apps take longer to open and load new data than with other platforms. Microsoft is apparently well aware of this, and is actually researching interesting solutions to improve the speed with which Windows Phone apps launch.
Microsofts Research team is testing a new, contextual-based system that pre-loads apps in the background based on various criteria. This will enable them to be immediately ready to go when the user opens them. Called Fast App Launching with Context (FALCON), the system gathers data such as user location and temporal access patterns, and then pre-loads apps that are likely to be used in each situation. When the app is pre-loaded into the devices memory, it takes much less time for it to open and reach a usable state than if it isnt pre-loaded. The FALCON system sports a learning algorithm that continuously improves the feature and changes as users change their habits.
Unfortunately, we dont know when Microsoft will implement this system in a version of Windows Phone for the public, or if it will ever leave the companys research labs, for that matter. Still, it is an interesting concept and could potentially prove beneficial to those Windows Phone users who are just tired of waiting for their Twitter apps to open and load their timelines.
Take a look at the video below for a better idea of how FALCON works.
[I Started Something via The Verge]