One of the most impressive features that will make a big difference in how you operate your Android device is multitasking. It is better designed, smarter, and has the ability to move you swiftly from one application to another.
This multitasking feature allows users to display two applications on their phone’s screen at the same time. Android Nougat allows you to run two applications side-by-side on smartphones and tablets. It also supports the picture-in-picture mode that was primarily for video playback on TV devices and in iOS
To take advantage of the multitasking feature, you have to make sure that the application being run support the Android Nougat. If this is not the case – as in the apps do not support Android Nougat – you will get an error message. As expected, the built-in application support multitasking.
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Moreover, some handsets can be constrained in the freeform mode (capability to resize two side-by-side panes). On a smartphone, you’ll typically enter the split screen mode by launching an application and long-pressing the Overview button.
The downside of the multitasking feature, is that the split screen does not allow users to run the same application side by side. This would be advantageous when copying texts between two Google Docs files. You can clone applications for side-by-side use, but it is a clunky option for the multi-window mode.
Thanks to developer IJP who fixed this with a simple application that allows you to run two instances of the same application on Android 7.0 Nougat:
1. Install Parallel Windows for Nougat
To get this feature of opening the same app going, install the application referred to as Parallel Windows for Nougat. Note that your smartphone will only work if it is running Android Nougat and only applications that are compatible with the split screen mode.
2. Grant permissions
Launch the application and check the box that is next to ‘I understand’ when you use an ‘it is in the early stage of development’ or ‘some bugs are being ironed out’ message.
Enable ‘Permit to draw over other Apps’ and then tap toggle switch that is next to ‘Enable Accessibility Service’. Click on the Parallel Windows for Nougat from the list. After you have done it, activate the Accessibility service, and then press ‘OK’ at the popup. This ensures that the application’s key functionality is in the right working order.
3. Adjust the trigger area
After granting permissions, adjust the trigger area for the application’s interface. The area is denoted by a red rectangle the side of your device’s screen. However, the rectangle turns transparent when everything has up.
4. Run copies of the same application side-by-side
Two run two copies of the same application in the split-screen mode, begin by opening the application you would like to clone and swipe in from the trigger area found on the side of your phone’s screen. Then tap the on the topmost icon.
You will be able to see a list for all the installed application. Choose the app you want to clone, it occupies the top half of your device’s screen. Then choose the very same application from the recent application list on the bottom half of your screen. Finally, will be able to run two instances of one application in the split screen mode.
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