Android N allows Chrome windows in both sides of a split screen

Android N allows Chrome windows in both sides of a split screen
Split screen is quickly becoming a standard feature for mobile platforms, because screen sizes are big enough and companies finally realized that doing two things at once is pretty nice. But, what if you want to be surfing two different webpages in each side of a split screen? On iOS, you need a specific app to do that (Sidefari, if you're curious), but not with Android N.

Google's Chrome browser has a nice feature which will let you have Chrome windows in both sides of a split screen in the newest beta version of Android N, and we have to assume this will make it to the final version of the update. It's pretty easy to use, but you might not notice it at first. You need to have Chrome open and enter split screen mode, then when you open the overflow menu there will be an option called "Move to other window" which will move your current tab to the other side of the split screen. 

You can only move one tab at a time right now, but you can have as many tabs as you want open on each side of the split screen. And, if the webpage is designed properly, it will reformat as you move around the split screen slider to resize the windows. Overall, a very nice option and much easier than using two different browsers in split screen. 


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15 Comments

1. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Had this feature on touchwiz since S4 Active in 2013, makes me kind of glad I don't have stock Android. Multitasking on Note5 is amazing, and also very useful. Fully capable of 2 apps at once.

2. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

There is the paid version to buy this.

3. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Awesome. Being feature rich is something touchwiz has been great for.

5. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

wait how can you open 2 chrome windows at the same time? I've use the S6 edge and the S7 and the Note 5 and other galaxies, but I can only open 1 chrome window

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

He probably meant the inbuilt samsung browser and not chrome

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No he didn't. You can open 2 Chrome windows. You open an instance of Chrome. Then you press & hold the multi-tasking button and it will split the screen and you can choose compatible apps that support the feature. One of them will be Chrome if you have it installed. Any app that doesn't support opening 2 of the same kind will be shadowed out. Works on ALL Galaxies running Kit Kat or higher i believe.

8. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I have 2 Chrome windows open at the same time on my Note 5. After you have 1 Chrome window open, you long press the multitasking button and open another Chrome window.

11. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

You can have one CHrome... Another Samsung Internet app (or Firefox or whatever you want...) It's not mind blowing... (but it is to non-Samsung / LG users I guess)

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You open an instance of Chrome. Then you press & hold the multi-tasking button and it will split the screen and you can choose compatible apps that support the feature. One of them will be Chrome if you have it installed.

16. FluffyBled unregistered

That doesn't work on my Lollipop Galaxy S5, while with native apps it does work!

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 570; Member since: May 02, 2016

N is The next Level of Android

9. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

It's already available on Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S7, split screen its not really new, but it does depend on the apps developer to make it work in split mode.

10. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

i want my note 6 to be like a chrome cast when i connect to my smart tv basically a PC.. dont really like it showing a big giant mobile version on my tv..

12. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Why not have a Samsung Multi WIndow feature? I mean... it's been out since 2012? Galaxy S3...

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This is what makes any Galaxy device so awesome. Samsung didn't wait for features to be supported at the OS level before bring them to their devices. Good on Samsung to bring the best in smartphones. With phones that actually work smarter and not just look cool and offer no substance.

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