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Multi-window concept video shows what Android could do in the future

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Multi-window concept video shows what Android could do in the future
Have you ever dreamed of having full-on multi-window productivity on Android? Some already have it - Samsung devices come with multi-window functionality so that you can see two apps open on the screen at the same time. You can, say, watch a YouTube video while surfing the web, and that's neat, but the function only works with select apps. Could it work with all core Android applications?

This is exactly what the following video conceptualizes on: a world where stock Android has multi-window built-in the stock system and perfected. It is all supposed to work by splitting the screen in two and stacking up apps in both the top and bottom parts. Then, you should be able to easily switch between apps in the top and bottom parts with a two-finger swipe.

It’s all a concept, of course, a vision of a graphic design student with no technical background. Can it be implemented? Probably, but there are obviously technical limitations that have to be overcome. What we are curious to learn is your opinion on this: would you like multiwindow functionality baked in Android? It probably won’t make a lot of sense for smartphones, but what about tablets? Can the platform one day use this concept to go into even more desktop and laptop computers?



source: Alvarobiorgos via Reddit

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posted on 28 Jan 2014, 03:05 7

1. livyatan (Posts: 675; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Rooted galaxy S and Note phones can allready run all apps in the multi window

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 03:05 3

2. livyatan (Posts: 675; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Rooted galaxy S and Note phones can allready run all apps in the multi window

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 03:05

3. livyatan (Posts: 675; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Rooted galaxy S and Note phones can allready run all apps in the multi window

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 03:13

4. galanoth (Posts: 302; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Maybe the cross licensing patent agreement with Samsung and Google will allow Google to take that TouchWiz feature and add it into stock android.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 03:59 1

5. koko1 (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


and still calling samsung features are gimmick ??

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 21:16

15. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


It wont be gimmick if it can run all apps in multi-window view. Who watches a video while creating emails anyway? you wouldnt understand the story if it was a movie.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 04:12

6. uchihakurtz (Posts: 230; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


It seems to be recorded, I hope that was Halo 2.0

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 04:21

7. saiki4116 (Posts: 334; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Omni ROM developers should take a note, they have already implemented the Multi-Window.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 06:51

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 10268; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The hell with the concept, multi window is beast now. I love that on my note 3 I can make multi window combos, and pull them out already combined. My fav feature.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 09:33

9. McLTE (Posts: 639; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


DJ.. so I understand you have a Note3 and 5S.. which do you find is the phone you pick up and enjoy using the most?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 10:19

10. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Wow.. This multiwindow seems even better than one on Touchwiz..

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 11:11

11. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Please Google add this in, or take influence from Paranoid Android Halo! However with the whole simplifying of the OS don't think they will add it. As it clashes with KitKat low ram usage!

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 13:31

12. lewis14 (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Jan 2014)


yes we need it for the nexus 5

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 13:33

13. lewis14 (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Jan 2014)


yes we need it for the nexus 5
and add multi window support up to at least 4 apps

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 18:53

14. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 690; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


As of now, I don't need it. But I can totally see how this can appeal to tablet users

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 22:06

16. TuanGugu (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Please make it happen Google!! I would love to see Android devices other than Samsung (tablets especially) to have multi-window feature!! It is such a usefule feature I dunno why they aren't even trying to implement it... :(( Huhu

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 23:58

17. Adithya7184 (Posts: 306; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


i dont think samsung will allow google to use their feature...

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 22:40

18. TuanGugu (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


WELL Google is a big company right?? With their own programmers... They can actually easily do the multi-window feature if they want to! The hell with Samsung they have to rights if other companies want to have the same feature... If people want it, they should give it.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 04:51

19. Adithya7184 (Posts: 306; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


i think multi-window is a patented feature right?

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