Well, we saw the christening of Android N and the feature set is being splayed out as this post is going up. One part of that set that’s made up the buzz of the OS version is the supposed multitasking features that will make it onto this version of the platform.
The multi-tasking button and interface now is limited to seven apps and also gets a “Clear All” button. Finally. You can also quick switch
From the outset, the biggest development we’ve been talking about for N is the Split Screen feature. Lo and behold, it’s here and brings the base OS up to Samsung and (formerly) LG’s snuff. A new “Picture-in-Picture” mode for Android TV allows content to continue to stream while you’re downloading or looking at something else.
A trickier feature we’ve tried to pin down is whether or not the “Freeform Windows” feature would come to pass. It took a bit of work to bring it out on the Developer Preview, so we figured it might be a backseat feature at the presentation. Turns out, we didn’t hear anything of it.
Quick Responses allows you to fire off replies to within the notification shade when a conversation comes up in an update.
You can look forward to a new beta candidate at the Android Beta Program site later on.
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