Samsung Galaxy S II Mod Delivers Multi Window View

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note II didn’t just arrive with some pretty impressive hardware, but had a few unique software tricks that also managed to pique our interest. Chief among those was the Multi Window View mode, allowing certain apps to run in a split-screen interface. Since Multi Window View first debuted, we’ve seen it come a long way, both thanks to a mod that expands its compatibility to work with additional apps, as well as Samsung moving to bring the mode to its other smartphones. While that means that newer models like the Galaxy S III are seeing the arrival of Multi Window View, what about older Samsungs? You need look no farther than the passionate Samsung development community, which has managed to bring split-screen to the old Galaxy S II.

There are two ways to get this done, either by flashing a quick-and-easy version that adds multi-window mode to an existing Android 4.1.2 ROM, or by manually decompiling, editing, and recompiling phone files. Whichever you end up deciding, follow the instructions in their source threads carefully and you should be well on your way to adding some nice, modern functionality to an aging smartphone; it’s stuff like that makes us love the Android development community as much as we do.

Source: XDA-Developers forum (Flash) (Manual)
Via: XDA-Developers

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!