Pixel C team says split screen coming to Android N
posted by Michael H. / Dec 10, 2015, 8:34 PM
Andrew Bowers, director for consumer hardware at Google, had this to say during the AMA:
The team also mentioned working on DisplayPort support over USB Type-C, but it was less clear if that would be part of Android N as well.
We obviously knew that Android N was in the works, because Google never stops development on Android, but this is the first we're hearing about some of the major updates planned for Android. It seems pretty obvious that Google will be working on better multitasking options for larger screens, and there is a chance we'll see something similar to Windows Continuum start to take shape if DisplayPort support comes with Android N.
The question remains when we might see the update. It's certainly possible that we might see Android 6.1 as soon as Google I/O in June, but it also seems unlikely that Google would flip from Marshmallow to N that soon. Maybe by the end of 2016 though.
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Stock Android sucks. Mutli window has been around for 2 or 3 years?
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 8:45 PM 2
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Since Samsung Galaxy S3.
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 8:58 PM 11
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All Android devices that have Marshmallow installed have a hidden split already. Users just have to change one property in a properties file in order to enable it. It's beta right now, but its in their. Google it.
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 9:37 PM 5
It's still unusable for users unless they root so it's irrelevant. They should have had this ready for marshmallow, with the release on the Pixel C they had a lot of incentive to finish this feature. That said, it's not a feature I care about which I why I already have a PIxel C.
posted on Dec 11, 2015, 3:05 AM 0
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Sucks in terms of built-in features and on privacy...but alas, both are fixable via root access and advanced software like XPosed.
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 9:12 PM 1
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Samsung makes the feature, then either apple or stock android add it a few years later?
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 8:57 PM 5
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Actually Microsoft had split screen first. In 09 windows 7 had snap, it allowed two apps to be split evenly on the screen.
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 9:04 PM 9
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what about floating windows (just like Windows OS), at this rate android will never beat windows for convertible/hybrid class :-/
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 9:15 PM 2
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I still don't understand why at this time someone would buy an android tablet or ipad over a surface or any windows tablet or Hybrid
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 10:21 PM 7
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All of which are met by various devices from OEMs with varying performance like them Android tabs, and the better tablet optimized apps on the Windows Store...plus, all of them have access to Android emulators; atom processors are more than crappy enough to run them bastardized apps: bit.ly/1M7ypqh Heck, even my 2008 HP Pavilion Laptop with Intel Centrino runs them "high end" candy crush games including Asphalt 8 Airborn.
posted on Dec 11, 2015, 5:57 AM 0
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They (The Pixel-C team) got roasted on that AMA. The long knives were out quick, and they were merciless. Almost all of the top comments were removed. Pretty hilarious stuff.
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 9:18 PM 0
I don't understand the hate towards the Pixel C, it's an amazing tablet. No other Android tablet comes close, yes it lacks spitscreen but who actually uses it? really?? Maybe it was a mistake to advertise it for productivity as that's all anyone seems to be focusing on.
posted on Dec 11, 2015, 3:18 AM 0
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Because they are charging a lot for a mobile OS. When your going this price, you are still going to need to tote your business stuff around. If all your doing is watching Netflix, there is better options for the price. One could argue about screen resolution....but come on... basically it is for someone that has no clue it wont run windows programs, and when they do find out, will have to justify its price. I see this all all all the times in a store, where a Chrome OS gets returned because it doesn't run the software their graduate degree requires in the REAL WORLD. Yes I get these returns after they have attempted to go in internship.
posted on Dec 12, 2015, 1:06 PM 0
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The C = crap and I am an android guy. Half baked device. Slowly switching to Ms based tablet two in ones. Bought a cheap Chinese one and have been surprisingly reaching for that instead of the iPad Air. So nice having the full website so I don't have to rely on limited apps.
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 9:22 PM 0
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So in theory IOS actually got split multitasking before android, the OS praised for its REAL multitasking capabilities, one has to laugh and look that I'm a android user, I would just like to see wich of the 2 OSes will bring it to smartphone first, will it be google or apple, we will find out in the next chapter. Note: I'm talking about stock android
posted on Dec 10, 2015, 9:55 PM 0
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