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Android M has hidden multi-window support

by Todd Haselton | May 29, 2015May 29, 2015 9:20 am PST

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Samsung, LG and other Android OEMs have added custom software that enables multi-window viewing, allowing an end user to open one app, such as Gmail, and run it side-by-side with another app, such as Hangouts. It’s not native in Android yet, but one Reddit user found code that suggests it may be coming with Android M.

Reddit user “DoesntPostAThing” recently published a document that shows “extremely experimental multi-window support” inside of the Android M developer preview. You can try it for yourself following the steps in the post (in our source below), which shows that multi-window can be activated and then deactivated by the end user.

“Beware, though, it’s extremely buggy and not very usable at all,” DoesntPostAThing warns. The user, however, did provide a screenshot showing Reddit running next to the Android settings menu, which we’ve included above.

It makes perfect sense that Google is working toward this option. It’s a major part of Windows, and Apple is reportedly working to build it into iOS 9. Whether or not it launches with the consumer version of Android M, or later, is not yet known, however.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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