A new feature discovered in the Android M Developer Preview suggests that Google hasn’t told us everything about its upcoming mobile operating system.
A Reddit user has managed to dig up a multi-window feature in the preview version of Android M, which allows you to use two apps simultaneously on one screen.
In the recent apps menu, a new icon appears to the left of the close button, allowing you to choose the layout of selected programs.
It’s led to speculation that the feature will be included as standard on stock Android, which has got plenty of consumers excited.
Google has long been rumoured to be working on making Android friendlier to multi-taskers, but this is the first evidence we’ve seen that could provide backing to the gossip.
Unfortunately, getting a taste of the feature doesn’t simply depend on you firing up Android M on a Nexus device.
You’ll also need to go through a series of complex steps, including editing your build.prop, and even then the software is buggy and experimental.
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This confirms that multi-window mode is still in its very early stages, though it’s still perfectly possible that a full-blown version will appear in the next version of Android.