Since the first version for developers of Android N was presented in society we have been shelling each and every one of their news. One of the most striking and important is the native adoption of the multi-window mode that, Yes, he had several phones Samsung time.
However, when we speak of the multi-window mode Android n most of the times we focus on the split screen, either horizontally or vertically. I.e., a dividing line that allows you to use two applications at the same time, each occupying half of the screen (or according to how you want it set).
However, it is possible that the largest and most interesting feature Android N Windows-related non-shared window, but the Resizable windows or, as Android he calls him, free size windows.
Split window, reduced utility
I am not going to lie, my A5 Galaxy has a way of split window It is very similar to the Android N, and the number of times I’ve used it can count on the fingers of one hand. When it comes to the truth is not too practical because not all applications support it, some elements are out of reach or the screen is just too small to use two applications at the same time.
The multi-view of Samsung
I also have a Galaxy Tab S 8 inch with divided window function (Samsung called multi-window) and so I’ve used a similar number of times. Now the size is not the problem, but the rigidity of the grid to split screen. Used to move windows on Windows, the multi-window continues to be quite frustrating in comparison.
Resizable window, excellent productivity
Now, if we have learnt anything Remix OS is that there is interest both by a more like Android PC for an Android that is more like a desktop operating system. Of all the optimizations you Remix you entered to make more productive use with a mouse and keyboard, my favorite are undoubtedly the floating windows resizable, as in Windows.
Your mobile and tablet is not a PC: the screen will definitely be smaller, and you have no keyboard or mouse, but you can still take advantage of to the floating windows. Without going more far, I remember yearning use Small Apps from Sony on the tiny screen of my old Xperia Mini Pro. With more and more applications with floating icons (Messenger, Link Bubble…) is clear that there is interest in multi-tasking.
Free size mode
Information for developers of Android N details mode free size for windows in the section on developments related to the multi-view. This mode must be activated specifically designed for devices with screens of “larger”, although in this case probably it is the free will of each manufacturer.
Still not have seen the implementation of Android N-free in operation size mode, although “forensic analysis” system code gives clues that, like in Remix OS, windows will also count with buttons to resize and close applications.
Capture of Remix OS. In the future our tablets may be something like this
From the side of each application developers, have new controls for or not allow the use of its applications in divided or resizable window mode. An application may refuse to work in multi-window mode, in which case is always displayed full screen. That Yes, if not otherwise specified the default determines that Yes it supports the multi-view.
Free size mode is new challenges for developers When designing your applications. The first thing is to determine limits. Thus, in Android applications can specify a default size, default position and a minimum size. In addition, some functions are not possible from the multi-window mode because they don’t have the sense to be sharing limelight with other applications (for example, hide the navigation bar).
Increasingly complex Android
What is clear from all this is that the days in which the mobile operating systems were simple are a thing of the past. With increasingly more powerful and more capable operating systems, the dividing line between a desktop PC and a tablet (with a wireless keyboard) is increasingly blurred.
Probably not we can enjoy free in our mobile window mode for now. In its place will be the tablets which Open Road so that both users and developers are adapting to a world where applications do not work in horizontal or vertical, but as the user wants them to place. However, it is more than likely that the resizable floating applications end up reaching our phones sooner or later.