Discussion in 'Android OS' started by Mi An, Oct 2, 2012.
Multi-tasking on Dirty Unicorns... not that I use them much.
It sickens me that Apple has now bested Google on this despite a many year headstart (courtesy of Samsung, LG, cornerstone, and many others). So Google was chasing Apple's simple, distraction-free, feature-light, supposedly dev-friendly approach in the ICS era, and now it can chase Apple on windowed multitasking while Apple chases Microsoft. Way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, Google.
With Marshmallow, Google has already shipped some multiwindow support, though I gather it needs to be enabled somehow (I haven't upgraded that far yet). With N, development appears to be progressing apace -- newly spotted, references to resizable windows in Android N's Framework. http://liliputing.com/2016/03/android-n-support-freeform-multi-window-mode-well-split-screen.html
Google has come a long way from their days of actively impeding mutliwindowed progress by others. It's sad how long it took them to change gears, but better late than never.
Just a followup on the last post. What was promised is now in the wild. Stock Android's epic 4 year wandering in the wilderness of windowed multitasking is over.
Even though the bitter aftertaste of my Asus Transformer experience has mostly washed away, Core M and Windows has my laptop needs met, so I'm unlikely to rekindle my dream of an Android laptop any time soon. Still, I figure I can use at least splitscreen on my whalephone if I ever upgrade to 7.x (and I'm considering doing so without waiting for a final maintenance release ). Don't know if it would stick, but I'd try it. I still don't disdain the old 3.5" smartphone days, and using my N6 split top and bottom would be roomier than that. Though that thought makes nostalgic for a stylus.
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