Multi-Window coming to stock Android?


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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53 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

The most useful feature in touchwiz.

8. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

26. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I love the Multi Window. "The multi-window technology available on the Samsung Galaxy Note phablets"

37. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

42. vadi91 unregistered

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

43. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

44. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

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

46. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

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

48. jerzyiroc

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

51. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

52. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Btw, iroc? Cool!

38. santoss2013

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

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

11. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

13. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

32. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

35. AndreaWijayanti

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

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

33. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 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

34. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I have the Sprint Note 4 rocking Lollipop ;)

49. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

2. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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

3. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

This should be on every device by now

14. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Apple is doing it for years :P

16. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Sure they will in the year 2025

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

19. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Cant wait!

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

7. torr310

Posts: 1670; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

9. WackJobs

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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

10. ChowMein

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

Multi window is so useful when you're doing something while chatting to someone on whatsapp

12. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Sweet...I like it :)

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