Google might bring native multi-window support to Android: Report

With more and more Android manufacturers bringing their own adaptation of multiple-window support in the Android devices and even after-market ROM developers doing the same, Google seems to have decided that is time to include the feature natively in the operating system.

According to online reports, Google has been working to bring multi-window support in Android for a while now. While it is unclear whether it will make it to Android L, it is nice to know that Android users might get the feature in one of the future versions of Android.

Android Police on Wednesday published a graphical representation of how Google plans to include the multiple-window support. These are not official graphics but what the publication has learnt about the Google’s early exploration around the implementation.

Multi-Window in Android
Support for two open apps as a part of multi-window and app-independent implementation, no need for any change in app code
Multi-Window in Android
Accessible from recent apps screen, move the app from the list of right half of the display to activate multi-window
Multi-Window in Android
App window size can be 25 pc of the overall width or 50 pc
Multi-Window in Android
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Multi-Window in Android
Support to drag images and text between the two open apps as a part of multi-window
Multi-Window in Android
Multi-window will work vertically on phones and vertically/ horizontally on tablets

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