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Multi-Window coming to stock Android?

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Multi-window is referenced in AOSP Code Commit

Multi-window is referenced in AOSP Code Commit


The multi-window technology available on the Samsung Galaxy Note phablets might soon be available to many more Android users. The day after Google officially unleashed Android 5.1, an AOSP framework Code Commit was found that has a reference to multi-window. The feature allows users to divide their display into two halves with each one running a different app.

The brief mention of multi-window really doesn't give us a clue as to when such an app would be made available, or how it would work on a non-Galaxy Note Android phone. Back during the first month of 2014, a concept video showed how apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube could be used on Android within a multi-window application.

Google I/O 2015 will be held May 28th and May 29th. There is a possibility that we could hear something more about this during the annual developer conference. At last year's Google I/O, Android "L" was unveiled. This, of course, became the Android Lollipop 5.0 build.

source: Google via Phandroid

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posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:38 23

1. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)


The most useful feature in touchwiz.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:53 5

8. Awalker (Posts: 1577; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


And I never used it when I had a Samsung device.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 20:11 2

26. M4th3u54ndr4d3 (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


I love the Multi Window.

"The multi-window technology available on the Samsung Galaxy Note phablets"

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 00:07

37. CamaroSS (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


PA, be a little bit more fair occasionally. You've been quite busy promoting Samsung. Someone has to pay for your bills - I get it.

Sony is the one that came up with the small apps (for multi-tasking) on Xperia tablet S in 2012. Even though anyone familiar with MS 'windows' (or Xerox lol) wouldn't count this as groundbreaking. Sony also introduced multiple users support that time which is going to become a core android L feature this year. Again, that was not groundbreaking either.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 02:22 2

42. vadi91 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Mar 2015)


You should better know the difference b/w multitasking & multiwindow.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 02:38

43. CamaroSS (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


You should better know that there is no difference in this context. Small apps do multitasking in multiple windows. No need to come up with a stupid reply if you're lost.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 03:24 1

44. JohnK (Posts: 117; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


Hmm, multiwindow was in Galaxy SIII in 2012 too if i remember correctly.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 06:12 1

46. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


I remember that feature. It was nice. And you could download such apps.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 09:40

48. jerzyiroc (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)


The Note 2 had it when it was announced in August 2012.. Xperia tablet S was announced in August 2012 as well. Don't think it's fair to say that Sony came up with the multiwindow idea.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 13:01

51. CamaroSS (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


Note 2 received it as a firmware update in Oct, 2012

http://www.gsmarena.com/galaxy_note_ii_firmware_update_is_out_brings_multiview_in-news-4911.php

It's not fair to say Samsung came up with this idea.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 13:04

52. CamaroSS (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


Btw, iroc? Cool!

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 00:41 2

38. santoss2013 (Posts: 64; Member since: 16 Jan 2015)


I use everyday on my Note 4. For me is very useful ! ;)

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:55 19

11. maherk (Posts: 4068; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


They are all gimmicks until Google, Apple, and the rest of Android OEMs start porting them to their devices.
Quick toggles, keyboard prediction, smart stay, smart rotate, and now this were all gimmicky not so long ago.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 19:01 1

13. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


TW features are gimmicks they say.........

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 21:32 1

32. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Yes it has always been a gimmick, mostly because most 3rd party developers do not pay attention to anything Samsung software wise. Multi-window is only powerful if you can consistently use the feature with every single application you want to use. If stock Android gets it, then you'll see possibly every single new app compatible with multi-window.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 22:59 2

35. AndreaWijayanti (Posts: 69; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


useful or useless it depends on the people who use it, use the note 4 and I love the gimmicks as they say

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 21:46

33. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Lol I still haven't gotten 5.0 your talking about 5.1 and I have a NOTE 4 att... Google sucks in releasing updates than Samsung than att.. I need apple or another phone with spen features tried of Samsung

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 22:45 2

34. DnB925Art (Posts: 1025; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I have the Sprint Note 4 rocking Lollipop ;)

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 10:24

49. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


Google isn't responsible for releasing new versions to your phone. They make the source code available on their website. If you know how to code for your device so it works, then by all means enjoy. The OEM has to code it for their UI. Your network is what delays releases. They field test it before they send out something that may potentially brick customer's devices.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:39 1

2. bfuller2006 (Posts: 61; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


It needs to...About damn time google should have thought about that when 4.2 was coming up

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:40 5

3. Emmanuelz (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


This should be on every device by now

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 19:02 1

14. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Apple is doing it for years :P

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 19:06 8

16. Emmanuelz (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Sure they will in the year 2025

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 19:18 1

18. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


And what about another releases in 2026 to fix bugs :p

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 19:20 1

19. Emmanuelz (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Cant wait!

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:45 6

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


About GOD DAMN TIME GOOGLE lol. It has been bugging me knowing that Sammy has had this baked into Touchwiz for awhile. I know I could have downloaded a third party app, but it's sooooo much nicer when it's baked into the OS itself. JOOOOYYYY!!!

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:49 2

6. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Meanwhile Microsoft can't do this on Windows Phone, a feature that is available on Windows 8 (split-screen) since the beginning...jeeeez. take a lesson from Google.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:46 6

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 6036; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I use multi-windows on a daily basis on my Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Its a great learning aid for cross referencing between two sources.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:50

7. torr310 (Posts: 890; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I owned Note 2 and S5 but didn't use this feature much. It is nice to have this feature though, some people might need it.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:54 9

9. WackJobs (banned) (Posts: 30; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Very noble and dignified and well-respected move by big Sammy

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