Trick activate feature for multitasking with separate windows in Android N

Mar

22

2016

After previously code was discovered in Android N for displaying apps in loose, draggable windows, Ars Technica has now published a method to get working the function. Also, there appears to be improved mouse support to be present in the mobile operating system.

After Google developer version of Android N released it showed that the new version of the mobile OS code contains that makes it possible to run applications in separate windows, as programs are displayed in OSs for PCs. Zhuowei Zhang, a reader from Ars Technica, found that the display mode even if it is activating. The website describes the requisite process.

To enable the display is a smartphone or tablet required with the Android Developer Preview N and the device must have an unlocked bootloader. The freeform.xml code is activated by a custom recovery like TWRP to flash to the device and mount it to the / system partition as writable. It is then possible to activate the function with an ADB shell command. If the code is running, appears in the recent Android apps menu, a square button next to each item, in addition to the close button. By pressing the button the appropriate app square is placed in a separate window.

According to Ars Technica has extensive mouse support available. For example, the mouse pointer changes when it is placed on the edge of a window. By clicking and dragging can be adjusted to the window size.

The presence of the ability to run applications in separate windows may indicate that Google is working on an Android version for devices such as PCs or laptops. Previously came Android fork Remix OS with the same idea. can also display mode would be used to provide similar functionality as Ubuntu and Microsoft Convergence Continuum. Both operating systems have a function, the OS switches to a desktop display when the smartphone is connected to a docking station connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Continuum has thereby not support separate windows Convergence does have it.

Google calls the display mode in its developer documentation, but if the job ends up in the final version of Android N is not sure. Google stops frequently features in Developer Preview of the OS, which ultimately did not get the release version. So Android M contains all the building blocks for a night mode and the split screen function, which are now in Android N.

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