What Multi-Windows Can Mean For The Future Of Android

Multi-windows is not a new concept - Samsung has been showing us how to do that for a couple of years on their Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 3 series devices, although they really made improvements in the Note 3 series - those improvements are now available on the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 and S4 series as well via a software upgrade. Now you can, for instance, watch a YouTube video in one window while browsing the web in another window, looking for you next video to play. Their system works great, is easy to use, and allows you to instantly switch the windows from top-to-bottom or left-to-right, depending if you are in portrait or landscape mode. You can also resize each window to enlarge whichever app you would like - it all works flawlessly and smoothly, but there is one catch...only certain applications can be run in their multi-window mode.

Wouldn't it be nice if all of your applications could be run in the multi-window format and you did not need a Samsung device to use the multi-window feature?  That is exactly what the following video concept will allow you to do as a stock Android feature, not part of TouchWiz. A blogger on Reddit, that admits that he is a graphics design student with no programming skills, was tossing around the idea with a friend, and the video is a result of their idea.  They split the screen in two, with the ability to stack different apps in each section - top/bottom for portrait and left/right for landscape mode.  He has you using a two-finger swipe to switch between apps. As with any concept, the biggest question is could it actually work - probably with a little bit of programming and foresight. Other devices, such as the LG G2 has a software feature called Q-Slide, which is basically LG's take on Samsung's Multi-Windows - it works fine, but is not as nicely implemented as Samsung's version. If the smartphone manufacturers can figure out ways to accomplish this feature, I am sure that Google should be able to work it into Android as well.

The implications for the future would be awesome and offer even more flexibility into an Android device, distancing themselves even further from Apple's iOS, that just did a complete overhaul to give us iOS 7 and they only finally figured out proper notifications, and still working on widgets, multiple keyboards, etc. - so multi-tasking such as this would leapfrog Android even further...not to mention the fact that you need a larger screen to fully appreciate the feature. Realizing that Android tablets would gain the most from multi-windows, is this idea or concept something you would use on either your smartphone or tablet? Please let us know on our Google+ Page what you think about this feature - we would love to hear your opinions.

Source: reddit | Via: phonearena


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