Here’s Proof That Google Has Been Working on Multi Window for Stock Android for a While Now

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  • 07 Oct 2014
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  • Samsung never hesitates to remind everyone that they’re the pioneers of multitasking on Android, although their multi window solution isn’t exactly the best you could imagine when it comes to multitasking. Up until now we haven’t seen a stock or custom implementation of an efficient way to multitask on Android, although even Google has been working on that for a while.

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    What you’re seeing here, the screenshots are taken from Google’s experimentation with a variety of concepts towards the end of 2013 and start of 2014. The idea is to open up two apps at a time and from the recents menu, you are supposed to swipe recent entries to the side of the screen and then “snap” them to that half of the screen. The other half is occupied by the home screen or recents menu.

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    The two halves of the screen can be “focused”, so you can rely more on the active side to exit the app or the empty side to go into the recents/home menu. These windows are scalable and the OK Google paradigm will open a search interface, that will overlap the side of the screen not currently focused. Snippets of text will also be dragged between windows, as well as search terms and pics.

    The prototype screenshots are from a 4:3 tablet, but the functionality is also meant to work on a smartphone.

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