Google Working on Split-Screen Multitasking for Android Tablets

Google has set strict targets not to be brushed sides by Microsoft and Apple by now adding a medium via which Android tablet users can now view and work with two apps side-by-side.


A pair of Google staffers had made the revelations about the beans in a Reddit discussion earlier on Thursday, raising up eyebrows about progress going on as regards split screen for next year’s principal upgrade to Android to version 7.0. For the fact that each new version launches around October or November, this has the implications that Android users may have to wait for about a year before they could finally get the feature available.

“We’re working hard on a range of enhancements for Android in this form factor,” Android and Chrome UX director Glen Murphy said, referring to Google’s new Pixel C tablet equipped with a 10.2-inch screen. A “multiwindow” capability, he said, is something “we’ve been spending a lot of time on — hopefully we can share more about this soon.” With tablet sales climbing down the cliff, Google and other manufacturers have earnestly been on the lookout for ways to possibly increase demand.

One approach to this is making the devices have more functionality as compared to laptops through attachable keyboards as well as other features which could contribute significant help to users in accomplishing workday tasks. By bringing on multitasking, split screen brings the experience of a tablet closer to that of a PC. It’s one thing that Microsoft and Apple already offer, so Google is doing well to come to the frontline again in presenting the feature to Android tablets.

Split screen has been long been a working feature on Windows tablets through a feature known as Snap Assist, tracing back to when Windows 8 debuted in 2012. Users can open one app and then possibly snap a second app onto the screen, enjoying a view of them both at the same time. Windows 10 has developed this feature further by bringing the ability to snap up to four apps on the screen at the same time.

Apple had debuted into the split-screen arena via the release of its iOS 9 software way back in September. Displaying two apps together, the Split View feature is ready for this year’s iPad Pro and the iPad Mini 4 and even last year’s iPad Air 2. Google is used to the custom of revealing tidbits about the next version of Android at its I/O conference in May or June, so there is the expectation that we might get to see the split-view feature in action at that point if eventually it gets a page on the books of reality.

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