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Android N "Freeform Window" Could Soon Permit "Windows" Experience in Smartphones and Tablets

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(Photo : Eduardo Woo/Flickr/CC) Android N has introduced a "freeform window" mode, which will allow users to open multiple apps at the same time, resize the windows like on a computer, giving a desktop-like experience on smartphones. The feature is disabled by default right now, as it is in developing stage right now, but can be enabled to work on.

Android N has introduced a new split-screen feature, which is disabled by default right now as it is still in developing stage. It allows users to view multiple apps at the same time, and also makes it easier to close each program. The new feature, worked upon by Google, can make Android work like a small desktop. The new feature will revolutionize Android experience and make it easier for small app developers and hardware manufacturers to add in the same features in devices.

It also has "Close (X)" and "Maximize (□)" buttons that could be used in the same way as they do on windows on a desktop computer. Each app can also be resized by fingers, much in the same way as on a computer using a mouse.

However, Ars Technica warns that work on the "freeform window" mode is still in progress. Some of the features of the app are not ready to be depended on fully. The title bars are seen to be taking a lot of space on the screen, and only one app can run at a time as yet. So Youtube can't be used with messages, for instance. And only one dimension can be resized at a time. There also needs to be a taskbar, which can keep track of all the windows that are open.

Google calls it "experimental freeform windows," but it does give an insight into what the final version may look like. Hope all the issues are resolved soon, and the feature can be enabled to have a perfect "windows" experience on Android N smartphones and tablets!

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