Last week we found out that Android N could include an exciting new feature called “freeform windows,” turning your Android device into a desktop experience. Now we’re getting a first look at what Google’s windowed version of Android will look like.
The images come from Ars Technica, which was the first site to spot a reference to “freeform windows mode” and recently managed to get it working on a device with the Android N Developer Preview installed. The new feature works pretty much as expected, and it looks pretty cool. However, there are some limits to what these windowed apps can do.
Once you enable freeform windows each Android app becomes its own floating window. Beyond being able to view multiple apps at once in an overlapping layout, it also makes it easy to close individual programs. You’ll notice a small “X” in the top right corner of each window for closing the app, along with a square symbol that will make that app take over the screen.
You can also easily drag windows around and resize them on the fly using your finger, a stylus or a connected mouse. Ars Technica notes that freeform windows mode is still a work in progress, and it’s only capable of running one app at a time. That means you can’t watch a YouTube video in the background while sending a text message.
The new mode is also a little buggy in general, but if you’re interested in trying it for yourself and you’re not afraid to get your hands a little dirty hit the source link below for a detailed guide to enabling freeform mode in the Android N developer preview.