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Android L might intro a floating windowed apps multitask mode, here's a demo

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Android L might intro a floating windowed apps multitask mode, here's a demo
No matter how you slice it, Android allows the most tinkering and twisting out of all the mobile operating systems floating out there. Take its famed multitasking, for instance, which queues tens of open apps in the background, so you can freely pick, choose and swap between them. 

Or take its widget system, which can put every app action you need on the homescreens, so you can even forget that the app drawer existed. Well, iOS has a similar multitasking now, and it performs pretty well on the new iPhones, not to mention that Apple opened the notification center for 3rd party widgets of sorts. Even Windows Phone is rumored to introduce split-screen multitasking built into the core. What's a Google to do then?

Android L might intro a floating windowed apps multitask mode, here's a demo
Well, judging from this leaked demo, and some rumors flying around, Android L might introduce something similar to Samsung's Multi-window, or LG's Dual Window modes, or at the very least something in the realm of Sony's Small Apps suite, LG's Qslide, or Samsung's Pop-up view mode. The first one splits the screen in two, so you can run separate apps at once, while the second hovers the apps in small windows over the top of the interface, so you can use your calculator or notes while browsing a website, for instance. 

That second scenario, with the floating apps, seems to be what's running on a Nexus 7 tablet in a video posted by the source link below, and the windowed apps are the default Google+ and Photos ones, suggesting that this feature might be built into Android L, and ultimately make its way on each and every phone running the latest Android version. Ot, alternatively, it might be just a bug, and we are all getting worked up for nothing, we'll see next week, when Google and HTC are supposed to take the stage, and announce the availability of Android L, first on the alleged Nexus 9 tablet, and then rolling all over the green robot universe.

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posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:43 19

1. irbaaz (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Atleast it will be on every device, not brand specific now..

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:56

3. vincelongman (Posts: 4398; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Its kind of already on all Androids, by using the draw over
But its quite limited and apps need to be specifically design for it, e.g. Link Bubble (web), Javelin (web), Viral (youtube/other videos), "small apps" (from Sony)

This one looks far better than the previous, especially since all apps should support it

Also hopefully there's an official one handed mode and power saver mode

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:06

5. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Youtube plays while you do other tasks and my life will be completed.
Not a fan of one handed mode though.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:03

11. kent-gaga (Posts: 501; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


you can do that with the xperia range and the media player small-apps that's free on play store right now

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:10

15. kiikooo (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


You could do that on any/most xperia smartphone now with a small app.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:48

16. vincelongman (Posts: 4398; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Get Viral, I use all the time for watching videos while browsing web/reddit

For YouTube I use the official YouTube app, but share to Viral, which plays it in a pop window and so my history doesn't get link to my account haha

Also work for most other videos on the web
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Mata.YTplayer

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:38

27. UglyFrank (Posts: 1648; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They won't do that, they wont let us have free background music on YouTube when they can charge for Google play music

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 14:51

30. edgarzy138 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


You can do that with FREEdi YT Player, it's on the play store

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:58 10

4. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Thatswhy android is best. Way ahead of ios and wp os.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 07:58 1

23. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


When I look at the shot taken there of Android all I see is a WP looking OS.
The flat red information bar at the top WP introduced that in 2010 no more Skeuomorphism bars. The very clean interface WP introduced that, matter of fact I recall many Android fans bashing Flat UI back then, how times have changed. The three dot vertical menu on the right of the info bar WP introduced that in 2010, the animation that flows when you hit those three elypses WP introduced. Things like the new lock screen animation in Android L WP introduced that. For myself I see WP as a better OS cause it introduced an OS that arguably made biggest shift to in all of technology at least from a software point of view, the shifting of UI design language, Flat UI is not the law no one else had to follow it they made the choice, that alone tells me they admire WP, Goigle is thinking about have app trials before you purchase WP has had tgat since 2010, companies borrows features from time to time but UI design is more than a singular feature, UI design is reflected throughout the OS, not only have the two big dogs OS imitated the little guys style, all their software products and services have as well.
Just happy that choice exists, however I'll take the small underdog that got bashed before it was copied. To each his own.

The only thing Skeuomorphic about iOS and Android are those homescreen icons just about everything else is flat.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:48

26. maherk (Posts: 3708; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


When I look at WP all I see is an Android homepage with widgets all over it.
Check what tech sites compared the WP to Android widgets, and now with Live tiles, it is almost identical to them widgets.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:48

28. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Live Tiles looks and operates differently than Widgets besides Windows had Widgets before Android ever did.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 10:34

29. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Copied I know , but I am still with android because OPEN SOURCE !

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:49 5

2. kent-gaga (Posts: 501; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Sony's Small apps is that you? :v

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 07:57

22. shamashu9 (Posts: 142; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Enjoy Android L if it ever comes to your phone

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:50

6. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2049; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


this might be HTC nexus 9 demoing.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:02

10. kent-gaga (Posts: 501; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


it's too small to be a 8.9 inch tablet dont you see?
this one is a ~5 inch smartphone

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:55 1

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Man, that GIF could use a little slower (?) frame rates, it's painfully fast and I think it kind of ruins how cool this was meant to look.

Mini rant aside, I think this looks awesome but it doesn't look like something I could use though, I don't consider myself a power user so yeah there's that.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:57 1

8. pegasso (Posts: 274; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


i wonder if this the result of Samsung-Google deals back then?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:58 8

9. maherk (Posts: 3708; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


But but I thought Touchwiz is an overloaded UI!! Seems that everyone is taking a thing or two of it's "gimmicky" features. I am not complaining, but many people here have been brainwashed by the cr@p that we need the boring stock Android, mainly this website.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:05 3

13. kent-gaga (Posts: 501; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


this is nothing like the multi windows feature on Touchwiz
this looks more like Sony's small-apps

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 06:11 1

18. maherk (Posts: 3708; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Floating apps has been on Samsung devices for almost 3 years now.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 02:06

31. kent-gaga (Posts: 501; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


nah, Samsung's floating apps are just "floating shortcuts" so you can switch to other apps more quickly
this one is a small window of an app that floats around when you're doing other stuffs and that's what makes it looks like Sony's small apps

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:06 1

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 5731; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Stock Android is meant for you to customize otherwise its super dull.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 05:26 3

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Haven't to heard about mini apps in TW...exlusive for tablets...samsung had it even before sony....

When stock android implements something suddenly it becomes useful....but when tw had it...it was a gimmick....

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:03

24. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Stock Android is all about simplicity.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:04 1

12. aco96 (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I like optimus UI on my LG G2 because of stuff like QSlide and QuickMemo. Custom UI is better when it comes to features, but it is bad because of updates. My phone will probably get Android L in 2015/2016 (if LG decides to update it). :/

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 06:21 2

19. maherk (Posts: 3708; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Sadly, that's one part of LG that needs to be fixed. Late updates, and usually they screw up the phone rather than improve it

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 06:33 1

20. aco96 (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


My mum had LG optimus 2X. ICS update made it almost unusable. There were bugs everywhere and many touch issues. I hope my phone won't have these problems. Kitkat update didn't ruin anything so far. xD

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 06:43 1

21. maherk (Posts: 3708; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Same here, I traded my Galaxy S back then for the 2x, 1st week it was fast as hell, then after I started downloading apps it slowed down and started lagging, I flashed CM7 and it was great again. Then LG released ICS update and I gave it a try, less than 3 days after on ICS, I switches back to CM7. Battery life became horrible, and every day I needed to restart it at least twice.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:08 1

25. jove39 (Posts: 1851; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This is on my nexus 7 running Android L preview build. I was surprised to see floating windows in photos and google+.

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