Multi-Window coming to stock Android?
posted by Alan F. / Mar 10, 2015, 6:20 PM
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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The most useful feature in touchwiz.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 6:38 PM 23
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And I never used it when I had a Samsung device.
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 6:53 PM 5
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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 Mar 11, 2015, 12:07 AM 0
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Note 2 received it as a firmware update in Oct, 2012 http://www.gsmarena.com/galaxy
It's not fair to say Samsung came up with this idea. t_brings_multiview_in-news-4911.php
posted on Mar 11, 2015, 1:01 PM 0
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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 Mar 10, 2015, 6:55 PM 19
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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 Mar 10, 2015, 9:32 PM 1
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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 Mar 10, 2015, 9:46 PM 0
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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 Mar 11, 2015, 10:24 AM 0
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This should be on every device by now
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 6:40 PM 5
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Apple is doing it for years :P
posted on Mar 10, 2015, 7:02 PM 1
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