Android N Split-Screen and Windows-like Interface Will Be Revolutionary for Devices

Android N Split-Screen and Windows-like Interface Will Be Revolutionary for Devices
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Google will soon be releasing the Android firmware update soon enough and more details are cropping up about it. According to new reports, Google may be looking to turn the Android N into more like Windows, while also introducing features like split-screen and Freeform Windows that will revolutionize user experience.


Google already released the preview for the Android N update. On top of the features reported, one thing that stood out is the split-screen view. The feature is similar to snapping programs on the sides under the Windows 10. However, Google does not seem to stop there. Imagine Android behaving more like Windows?

Android N’s official documentation shows that Google is thinking about the idea. The said documentation is already referencing a “freeform mode” which lets users move apps around and even resize them. OEMS offers this option to larger devices and all they need to do is to activate the feature on top of the aforementioned split-screen mode. Those running 4-inch screens should not expect to see it on their units.

Furthermore, Ars Technica reports that people will find several references to the mode as framework-res.apk. Consequently, this is considered a major Android system file. The following strings also prove more evidence on the matter:

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<string name=”enable_freeform_support”>Enable freeform windows</string>

<string name=”enable_freeform_support_summary”>Enable support for experimental freeform windows.</string>

The report also noted that once Android is able to bring the feature to the apps, it will just be a matter of time before Google jumps to a fully windowed operating system. Under the split-screen mode, people are already able to change the size of their apps horizontally. Nonetheless, Google will need to put in a lot of work to make this functional. As the tech giant has not provided the final details of Android N, all information reported should be taken with a grain of salt.

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  • Neel Gupta

    Movable, Resizable windows on Android ?
    Already done by Remix OS