Many Android devices make it easy to split the screen into different portions where each section can run its own app. For example, if users want to simultaneously run a YouTube video in the background while still being able to browse the internet, they can do so with this function.
To activate the multitasking feature, users first need to run the apps that they want to have open separately. While these apps are running in the background, users need to select the multiscreen button that is next to their home button. Once this button is clicked, users should get a view of all the apps that are currently running in a cards style where they can then select which app they wish to run simultaneously. With the button that is next to the close tab button, users can select which app will appear on the screen at the same time.
Android N has been available in the form of a Developer Preview now for a few weeks and is already in to its second preview. Part of this upcoming major software update is the baked-in ability to have two apps side-by-side on the screen, otherwise known as split-screen multitasking.
Once two apps have been selected, the screen will automatically be divided into two halves with each of the apps its own separate section. Users can then toggle the size of each of the screens by moving the middle either up or down to enlarge and minimize the screen. To get out of this mode, users can select the dividing line between the two screens and move it either all the way to the top of the screen or to the very bottom of the screen to close the screen that is minimized. With this feature, users can then utilize multiple apps at the same time on the same screen for their mobile device. However, not all the apps can be run at the same time so the split screen button will not appear for all apps.
On iOS devices, users can similarly divide their screen into separate section so that multiple apps can be used at the same time. Although there is no native function on the device that lets users run a split screen without any additional software, users can download Splitware (iOS) which is an app that enables for multitasking as with the Android devices. With the app, users can then select the app that they want to open on the top and bottom parts of the screen.
Although not all the apps will be available to be split into the two screens, users can select from the most popular apps that can be used simultaneously for a multiscreen experience. For example, users can watch a Youtube video while also browsing Google at the same time or use preset combinations such as Google and Facebook or Instagram and Twitter. Beyond this, users can create their own preset combinations for quicker access to the apps that they wish to use at the same time.
One of the best aspects of the Splitware app is that the device does not need to be jailbroken for it to work so that there is no risk of voiding the warranty or compromising the security of the phone. Although no built-in feature is available to open multiple windows simultaneously on iOS devices, this app is able to help users do so easily as with Android devices.
For those who are looking to increase their productivity by multitasking on their mobile phone, the methods outlined in this article can help to do so. From the Android device that has a built-in feature to Splitware on iOS devices in order to divide the screen, users can multitask effectively to increase their efficiency and ultimately get more done with the limited screen space that they have.