Android 7.0 “N” probably won’t arrive until late next year, but Google is already teasing one of its key features. In a recent Reddit AMA, the team behind the Pixel C hinted that split screen support is currently in development.
“We’re working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish we had, you know, yesterday,” said Andrew Bowers, Google’s director for consumer hardware. “But we’d spoil the surprise of N if we shared all of them. Split screen is in the works!”
In the meantime, the team says it’s working on smaller updates for the Pixel C. Google apparently plans to roll out regular improvements to the convertible tablet similar to its monthly Nexus security updates. That should include the addition of always-on “Ok Google” support, which is missing from the new tablet at launch.
Finally, the team admitted that the Android ecosystem is still pretty lacking when it comes to tablet-optimized apps. “We’re spending a lot of time working with developers to get better and more awesome tablet apps,” said Glen Murphy, Director of UX for Android and Chrome. “But it is definitely a chicken-egg problem, and we think a key driver is awesome hardware.”
It’s good to hear that Google is hard at work improving Android for the Pixel C. Still, until at least some of these upgrades arrive it may not be worth spending your money on this $500 tablet.