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Old 18. Mar 2016, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Android N code hints at a more Windows-like future

The feature would probably look a lot like Remix OS or the multi-window mode on Samsung phones. It would have multiple Android apps on screen at a time, all enclosed in floating windows, just like a real desktop OS.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/...-windows-mode/

Talking about Remix OS, it is a forked Android 5.1 variant that turns Android into a windowed desktop operating system. It was created by a company called "Jide".

http://www.jide.com/en/remixos

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/...-youd-think/2/
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Android M has an experimental multi-window mode which is hidden and needs to unlock for use.

Likely Android N will have this mode become official to make full use of large-screen devices including tablets.

While Android Wear is a stripped-down version of Android for smartwatches, we see that Android is being souped-up to add more desktop-like features.

It's a big argument if Android and Chrome OS will be merged in the future, or Google will fold Chrome OS into Android.

Ref: Imagining what Google’s hybrid Android-plus-Chrome OS might look like
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Although the people at ArsTechnica made pretty clear Freeform window mode isn't normally accessible in the current dev preview, they were contacted by reader Zhuowei Zhang with instructions on how to make it work.

They posted several screenshots, a video, and the instructions here:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/...eeform-window-

Even though Freeform window mode is not there yet, it looks promising.
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The first, official screenshot of Android N desktop mode

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/1379...ar-by-official
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It's interesting to see how this will develop but working with floating windows on a small screen has practical limits in terms of productivity.

Floating windows work better on large screen devices such as PCs, laptops and tablets. Of course, a smartphone, when docked to a monitor (and keyboard and mouse), has the potential to work like a PC.

In another development, Google has also recently announced that Chrome OS will run Android apps natively (discussed in this thread), using unmodified copy of Android's framework running in a container. Android apps will then also run in floating windows on Chrome OS.

Both Chrome OS and Android system are developed by Google based upon the Linux kernel. We have yet to see which system works better with floating windows on large screen devices. Either way, Google, after capturing the mobile market, is eyeing the desktop/laptop market which has been dominated by Microsoft for years and hopes to have a bite on it.
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