Android M Developer Preview has a multi-window feature, but it's buggy and getting it is rather tricky

Just as we supposed, one of the features that many Android users are lusting after - a multi-window functionality - is obviously among the feature list of the developer preview of Android M

Albeit experimental and pretty tricky to enable, the feature is here and is certainly hinting that multi-window will be included in the final release of the OS.

You can get this feature if you're running the developer preview right now, but it will require some tinkering. At the end of the day though, you can try a extremely alpha version of a multi-window feature that employs a split-screen view and allows you to use two apps at once. Given its extremely early stage of development, it's pretty normal that this feature comes with a whole bushel of bugs and issues.

Hopefully, this undoubtedly handy feature will indeed make an appearance in either one of the upcoming developer previews or the final release of Android M.

source: Reddit



13. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Iphans r toasted. Poor ios lovers. Now u have to wait for next iphone :p

17. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Would you please stop it? I saw the same comment in 2 articles.

12. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I think Google itself already lack behind idea. - multi windows - Samsung did long ago. - apps permission - Mi did long ago. - Google Pay - Samsung did in S6. - Finger Print - Plenty manufacturer did it since last year. Also that ugly app drawer - not origin at all as I seen such design launcher before.

19. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Right, but bringing it to the mass and unifying the standard is going to make sure every Android has them and every single one can be competitive, rather than restricted by some hungry big-name manufacturers.

11. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

duh! The build is not yet final. What would you expect PA?

10. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013 google is using the patents from that deal to make stock android a lot better! i just hope google converts their java code to c# for better performance: and also converts the apps to dart to make them faster: if google could do that by the time N comes around i think phones and tablets would finally kill pcs

16. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Thanks for the info man :)

6. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

This is why I disagree with people who say every Android device should run stock. OEM innovations designed to create software differentiation would not happen and there would be fewer ideas to incorporate into the base Android platform. Long live TouchWiz. I hope they eventually incorporate the floating window that the Note 4 and some Samsung tablets have into stock.

8. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Many of the features currently in or being added to stock indeed originate from Touchwiz. Pull down notification/quick setting menu, direct casting of videos/pics/music/mirroring, Knox features, multi window, fingerprint support, etc.

18. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Very True


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3. tokuzumi

Posts: 2023; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I like the third reddit link.

2. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

But how...?

1. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Thanks to Touchwiz, YAY!....Now let's wait for WWDC to see it re-invented again.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

U mean Apple? I highly doubt it. But very possible, in case of iPad but it is very nice if they do at least on iPhone "plus" series. And Apple hasn't reinvented a thing since the first iPhone.(actually there hasn't been any ground breaking innovation since a long time now from any one (just my opinion))

7. waddup121 unregistered

buggy as sh*t

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