Google Testing Split Screen Feature for Android

It's been only two months since Google rolled out Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but some Googlers are already hinting at some new features that might arrive with Android N, the next update to the operating system. One of those features might be support for a split-screen to enable easier multi-tasking on tablets.

That's according to a couple of comments made during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit featuring several members of Google's Pixel C team. The Pixel C, which came out earlier this week, is Google's first 2-in-1 tablet to run on Android rather than the Chrome OS.

Both Andrew Bowers, director of product management for consumer hardware, and Glen Murphy, director of UX for Android and Chrome, dropped hints about Android N's coming support for split-screen multi-tasking.

"We're working hard on a range of enhancements for Android in this form factor -- there are many things, like multiwindow, that we've been spending a lot of time on -- hopefully we can share more about this soon," Murphy noted during the AMA.

Split Screen 'In the Works'

Bowers, Murphy and several other Pixel C team members -- including Hiroshi Lockheimer, Kevin Tom, Puneet Kumar and Benson Leung -- fielded a range of questions during the hour-long AMA yesterday, but spent a significant portion of the time responding to questions about the new Pixel C and some of the criticisms it has drawn.

Ars Technica's review, for example, called the device "well-built but clunky" and also asked, "with Google's lackluster app support, does anyone want an Android tablet?"

During the AMA, Reddit user MindAsWell asked whether there were any Android updates the Pixel C team wished they had had available before the device was released Tuesday. .

"We're working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish...

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