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Thursday Poll: Do You Use Multi-Window?

We were toying around with Picture-in-Picture on the latest build of Android O yesterday, but in doing so I was reminded that I hardly ever use multi-window functionality on my Android devices. Will Picture-in-Picture be any different for me? Hard to tell.

With this poll, we want to know how many of you are using multi-window on your phone or tablet. Whether its the native version built into your Pixel or Nexus device, or the similar implementation on Samsung and LG devices, are you even using it? If you are, for what?

Let us know your take on multi-window and the potential of Picture-in-Picture on smartphones down below.

Do you use Multi-Window?

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  • NexusMan

    It’s built into the Pixel?

  • John E. Jablonski

    In the car all the time.
    Split screen between Waze and Google Music.

  • Sporttster

    Still on MM so nope. I do remember having it on my Note 3 years ago though and it was very useful. Think it was through Miui or some such ROM I loaded at the time. Could have both Navigation and music up at the same time. Wouldn’t mind trying that again….

  • Me

    Until 6″+ screens are common, don’t see myself using it too much.

  • ShadowCodeGaming

    Every single day. Can’t live without it.

  • itguy08

    I would if apps supported it or of Android let me force it.

    • Evron

      You can force it for every app
      In Android 7.0, Developer options–> Force activities to be resizable.
      You may need to reboot for it to take effect but i don’t have a issue splitting any apps!

      • itguy08

        Thanks. I’l give that a try.

  • sgtguthrie

    The multi task button makes multi-window unnecessary, and more cumbersome. It’s just quicker to copy and paste and switch between apps quickly in most cases.

  • OhYeah!

    I use it rarely but when I do it is VERY useful. I love having it there when I need it.

  • Higher_Ground

    More than once in a blue moon but not all that often.

    I mainly use it for apps that don’t like it when you close them (looking at you youtube) and when I want to be able to read two things at once (maybe keep gmail or browser windows open)

    It’s still one of the better features they’ve added in a while, though.

  • It is handy while driving mounted on my Tylt wireless charging mount and using Waze while watching a video, oh yeah and driving. Lol.

  • Scott H

    I feel dumb to say I don’t even know what it is. [ducking]

  • #S8PlusIs Boss

    Multi window existed long before Google ever copied it. And yes it’s a legitimate feature that is used by Samsung users daily because they understand why it exist in the first place.

  • Jon

    On the S8 Plus I use it all the time. I split the screen while driving between Google Maps or Waze on one side, and my Google Play Music app or Podcast app on the right hand side.

    Works better than Android Auto for me!

  • JLV90

    no cause if I need to use the keyboard it makes it stupid to use.

  • Will S.

    I remember when multi-window was first introduced by Samsung on Android, I always use to troll other brands at how cool and productive it was, but after years of having the feature I’ve rarely used it – it’s simply too small, laggy and impractical to use on a phone.

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    I’ve used it once on my Pixel XL. It’s not that useful on a phone.

  • FknTwizted

    I use it all the time with looking something up on a website while texting or youtube. I like the fact you can expand and contract at a whim if you need more space for one or the other.

  • I use it to be promiscuous and text girlfriends simultaneously, one on messenger and the other on hangouts.

    • FknTwizted

      just fyi “A woman Scorned”. Just saying bro.

  • Eric R.

    I used it before Nougat. Samsung had it perfect, and Google screwed it up

  • GeekOfNature

    Often on my tablet, only occasionally on my phone.

  • Boomdizzle

    I do use it occasionally to copy over something from a webpage to an app, usually for banking stuff that doesn’t let you highlight and copy anything. Pretty useful for that stuff and YouTube, but that’s about it.

  • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    If you’re not using multi window you might as well be using a flip phone

  • Droid Ronin

    I answered no only because my Moto X Pure does not support it yet (damn you Lenovo).

  • Big EZ

    I use to until I got my Nexus. This phone has a hard enough time with one app. Planning on a Note 5 once it gets root, then I’ll go back to using multi-window daily.

  • Terrance Steiner

    I seriously forgot I had it until this feature in my Moto Z

  • ali jawad

    I use it on occasion when I’m editing a One Note page while looking at a reference web page while out and about. Its not ideal, but works. App developers should design usability scenarios with this feature in mind. It is a challenge to figure out a good scheme for this, but should be thought of a little.

  • Smply_Rckless

    I used it for the first time in awhile yesterday watching the I/O stream & browsing Reddit.

  • Rob

    The poll confirms what I already suspected. Most companies spend a crapload of time, money and other resources they’re working on things we told them we want (that they listen to us), but this is yet another example that proves that’s not the case.

    • FknTwizted

      they said that about text message back in the day and look at it now…. Why would anyone want to text someone when they can just call them on the phone….. I would equate this to 2 screens on a computer or having the ability to split screen on windows.

  • RazorSky

    I use multi window when i want to youtube and reddit/facebook when pooping…. TIM i know but that’s about it for me.

  • yummy

    Am I a bad person if scary things are in the ads that load on this site? Grotesque mutations, bad health conditions, I need therapy after just scrolling down to read the always scintillating comment section. Scintillating. Yeah, I know, big word. Look it up, you can tell the domestic partner you learned something today.

  • needa

    Not really used to having it, but I do use it from time to time. It definitely has its usefulness. I do wish when bringing up the keyboard… Android was smart enough to raise the windows up. Having the ability to scroll in the windows without losing the keyboard would also be a plus. The windows are so small…. It is a necessity.

  • jimt

    I tried it when first announced but forgot about and then had to think how to make it work just now. I again can remember how to use it. I do have uses for it.

  • boop

    Pretty much constantly. If I need to do anything in another app then I’ll just split rather than switching apps. Also great for video apps. Easily my favorite Android feature.

  • Ryan

    I do occasionally but so often I would have used it but forgot, in the moment, that it exists.

  • rodney11ride

    I would say i use it more on my Nexus 6 then my pixel xl… based on real estate alone.

  • sonoferis

    Oops! Totally forgot about multi-window. I really should give it a try on my Pixel XL.

  • Darren Pawlak

    To be quite honest? I forget that it’s even a thing until I trigger it by accident. Then I kind of *facepalm* and use it for task I’m doing where it is now useful, but then completely forget that it’s a feature again until I accidentally turn it on a again in the future.
    I’m that way about the ‘double-tap-square button to switch between most recent apps’ feature too. I totally forget it’s there until I accidentally trigger it, then go ‘Doh! that’s right, that’s a thing!’

  • BhamsMostWanted

    1) Youtube
    2) when texting and wanting to copy something from a Google search (stupid Gboard Google search and it’s lack of selecting text), and
    3) when I’m a horrible friend and cheat in Words with Friends

  • red014
    • Daniel Thomas

      I used to do a split screen with Spotify and Nav, but now I just use android auto on my Pixel. I hate how when Spotify is the active window, the navigation window freezes and does not continue to show progress on a route, and vice versa when Navigation is the active window Spotify does not show the update to show current playing artist until you make it the active window. Would be nice if both apps could be active at the same time.

    • Under the bridge downtown

      Temple on the top. Good things…

  • cdm283813

    I would but my iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t have it. But my iPad mini 4 does. If I get the Note 8 then the answer is yes.

  • Ran S

    No even on a huge screen of the Galaxy S8+, it’s just to small…

  • himynameisricky

    I wish more of my phone apps supported it, although I do use it a lot more on my tablet.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio
    • RazorSky

      Next step to resize your youtube window to enjoy more chrome.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        ENJOY? Nobody enjoys chrome on Android.

        • RazorSky

          HAHA that is so True! Anytime i have to use chrome I get sad.

  • BoFiS

    Only on my tablet really, don’t see the point on my phone, though the double-tap to swap to last app is incredibly useful!

    • JSo

      The double tap to switch between apps is something I use ALL the time.

  • JT3

    I’ve used it the most when balancing my checkbook. My checkbook app is in one window, and my bank’s website is in the other. I marked “sometimes,” because I only really do this when a laptop or desktop isn’t available. Other than that, I’d probably never use it if PiP were available.

  • CabbageHeadCat.

    Tried it out a few times but don’t see an advantage over task switching for my own personal needs. Nice to have.

    PIP is something I could get into.

  • Feed Jake

    Note 5 user, and I use it fairly often. My favorite is for in the car usage. Google Maps and Music. I can see where I’m going and skip tracks without a bunch of taps and swipes.

    • himynameisricky

      You might be better off using Android Auto, you get turn by turn directions and music controls all on the same screen

      • Feed

        Tried it and didn’t like it. Took too many taps to get to what I wanted. With split screen, I get all the usual info/usage with no need to change screens.

      • auspider

        True, but I’d recommend Automate. Automate is what Android Auto should be. AA UI is too clunky and needs gesture controls, among other things.

      • RazorSky

        Spotify Controls make me mad on AA. You can swipe on Spotify, but on AA you must hit the dumb next button that is really small. (When using on my phone) My new car has AA so I no longer am mad.

        • ShadyBrady

          “…so I no longer am mad.” – Idk why, but this made me crack up!

      • FknTwizted

        Sure let me go buy a $30k+ car so I can use AA.. Good Thought process.

        • himynameisricky

          Or you know…download the FREE Android Auto app, whichever is easier for you.

  • JMAC

    Can’t wait for Picture-in-Picture.

  • New_Guy

    All the time

  • jonzey231

    Wanted it for so long…never use it. Double tapping the recents button is so quick, I never need both screens visible at once lol. Plus, using the keyboard usually makes it all wonky lol.

  • Suicide_Note

    I’ve used it a few times, but that’s it.

  • FRKSUP

    When it eventually leads to dynamic window resizing on Chrome OS/Pixel C successor, I will use it.

  • Ed. Blake

    It is perfect for doing some simple college homeworks and some work homeworks.

    • Suicide_Note

      Does any of your homework include studying grammar? Lucky for you that class is in session, because I’m going to teach you that ‘homeworks’ is not a word.

      • Ed. Blake

        No, grammar is not included. Even if it was, as a brazilia, i only use english language to comment on international sites.

        But thanks for the tip.
        The online dictionaries has told me otherwise tho.

  • JSo

    Nope. I’ve never came across a time where I needed to have two things opened at the same time on my phone.

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  • Keith Taylor

    For me and me only its useless on a phone however on my 10.5 Tab S I used to use it all the time.

  • The Doctor
    • Suicide_Note

      That was terrible. Perhaps that’s why he got back on heroin/oxy and offed himself.

      • The Doctor

        What? It’s the best Prince cover song of all time. It’s so much better than Sinead O’Conner’s, and she covered it very well.

        • Under the bridge downtown

          Obviously Suicide_Note is a great person. Cornell will be missed and this cover is great.

      • BhamsMostWanted

        Yeah, not cool.

        • FknTwizted

          how so? Someone didnt force him to do drugs? Prince was a dumbass for using sorry facts are facts. Great talent, wastefully stupid!

          • BhamsMostWanted

            How so? Lack of respect for someone who is recently deceased. Insinuating he died by suicide because @Suicide_Note:disqus thought the above song was terrible is the lack of respect I wouldn’t wish for anyone recently deceased.

      • paul_cus

        Stop trolling on the day someone of importance died, jerkoff.

        • Suicide_Note

          I’m sure he’ll go down in the pantheon of grays like Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, or Roger Daltrey, to name a few.

          Cornell was a very good singer, but hasn’t produced anything approaching importance in about 20 years. Even then, his band (Soundgarden) put out just two good albums. Audioslave was okay, but of no real importance.

          Tl;dr not trolling, but also not deifying another dead junkie.

        • FknTwizted

          Stop trolling on someone that wasn’t important. Dime a dozen when it comes to actors, singers etc ODing. Loved Kurt Cobain and nirvana’s music but you don’t see me boo hooing about him blowing his skull clean off with a shotgun. I can him an idiot because he had good potential to be something instead he decided to play with a boom stick.

        • Under the bridge downtown

          This is the problem with the Internet. It gives voices to the mindless.

      • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        He offed himself because he listened to it for the first time sober last night

  • fritzo

    use it a lot actually. Twitter and Youtube. I use it to Shazam songs playing from Chrome or Soundcloud. I wish more apps would support it. I got PS Vue and would love to use it to watch TV and use Twitter or texting apps.

  • Tim

    All the time

  • WitnessG

    Only for youtube.

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  • Nope. I sometimes forget it even exists.

  • Cael

    I don’t use it because the apps that I would use it aren’t supported.

    BUT this morning, I triggered picture in picture unknowingly and it was VERY convenient. That I will use.

    • mcdonsco

      Phone? Tablet? Nexus player?

    • MaxPower27

      You can force all apps to work in multi-window in developer options.

  • Brad

    Only when I accidentally invoke it.

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    • mcdonsco

      Yup, and so easy to do on Samsung phones … Always was an annoyance to me on the ones it couldn’t be disabled on.

      I don’t even use it on tablets.

    • Mr Mofo

      THis

  • Benoit Bourdua

    Nope, but that picture-in-picture thing with Youtube looks damn nice. I will sure use that a lot.

    • RazorSky

      I would like this to be a feature like Facebook chat heads are.

  • paul_cus

    Once in a while for Twitter and YouTube.