Multi-window app support may finally land in future version of Android

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Credit: Android Police

Snapping two windows side-by-side may finally be an option with a future version of Android. Some tipsters alerted Android Police to the evidence, which is buried in the Android Open Source Project code.

While it’s not a sure thing, it indicates that someone at Google has been tinkering with the idea. It’s not a new concept: Samsung’s TouchWiz UI offers this feature on many of its bigger phones and tablets. It’s especially useful on the large Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

The feature didn’t make it into Android 5.1, which is rolling out now to Nexus devices. It brings its own new basket of features, such as HD Voice, multi-SIM support, and better device security.

With Google I/O right around the corner there’s a decent shot we could see such a feature detailed.

Why this matters: The Galaxy Note 4 makes good use of such a split screen feature. It feels like it’s missing from the Nexus 6, as all that screen real estate could be put to better use. With Android on so many different screen sizes, this would definitely be a welcome addition, and another point of differentiation between Android and iOS.

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