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Google teases Android N, confirms split-screen incoming

Many of you probably haven’t got Android 6.0 Marshmallow yet, but Google is already teasing the next major software update.

Google has dropped hints about Android N, a huge upgrade for Android planned to go live in 2016.

The team behind the Pixel C – Google’s new Android hybrid – took to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session.

When asked whether there were any additions to Android the team hoped to get in before the Pixel C’s release, Director of Consumer Hardware Andrew Bowers responded:

We’re working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish we had, you know, yesterday. But we’d spoil the surprise of N if we shared all of them.”

Bowers also added: “Split screen is in the works,” confirming speculation that Google will eventually improve Android for tablets.

After all, much of the criticism towards the Pixel C focuses on Android’s poor tablet/hybrid features.

Users pointed this out to Google during the AMA, which led Glen Murphy, Director of UX for Android and Chrome, to respond as follows:

“Android continues to get better and better on tablets – we think the Pixel C is the best yet; that said – we know there are lots of things to do, and are looking forward to releasing them when they’re awesome and ready.”

Murphy continued: “We’re spending a lot of time working with developers to get better and more awesome tablet apps, but it is definitely a chicken-egg problem, and we think a key driver is awesome hardware (like the Pixel C).”

Related: Android 6.0 Marshmallow features

The UX lead explained that Google is “working hard on a range of enhancements” for Android in the Pixel C form-factor.

He also revealed that the team is “spending a lot of time on…multiwindow”, and that more information will be shared soon.

Do you think Google should have waited to get Android right before releasing the Pixel C? Let us know in the comments.

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