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Background polling of notifications - you can run your own mini-server running board games, location updates, news, simple RSS, etc, without having to use push notifications.

Reminder date/time timer applications.

Background download and polling of useful stuff (let's say over WiFi only, to keep carriers happy.) Bulkier information would appear instantly, and you wouldn't have to wait for it to be updated when the app runs. Good for packaged content.

It's not hard to think of more specific sub-uses.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:30:03 AM EST
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