Multi-window support coming to Android

Google Pixel C tablet with keyboard dock to get multi-window support in the future
Google Pixel C tablet
Members of the team behind Pixel C revealed in an Ask Me Anything session on reddit that multi-window mode will be added to Android, but that will only happe in the next major version.
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Google Pixel C is an interesting tablet and, thanks to the optional keyboard dock, it ends up as a powerful and versatile device that, unfortunately, seems to have a major flaw for now. That flaw has nothing to do with its hardware, but its software, as most reviews of the device ended up with the conclusion that Google Pixel C is a great piece of hardware that comes loaded with an operating system that cannot take full advantage of that.

According to Google, the Pixel C will get monthly software updates. In time, new features should be added to this slate, although most of these monthly Android updates only bring minor changes. One of the key features that Google Pixel C needs to gain is multi-window support and, according to the team behind it, they are working on that. Unfortunately, it may only arrive with Android N - the next major iteration of Google's mobile operating system.

While pure Android only allows users to view one app at a time, third parties already offer multi-window capabilities. Since the first preview build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow contained a hidden experimental feature allowing multiple apps on the screen at once, there is hope to see multi-window mode on Pixel C before Android 7.0 kicks in. However, nothing is official yet, but before multi-window support, Pixel C will probably get a few other interesting features, like the ability to detect "OK Google" when the screen is turned off or USB C to DisplayPort adapter support.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-12-10 (Update: 2015-12-10)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.