It was with Android 11 that Google officially brought to its operating system the possibility of using two applications simultaneously. However, this experience is far from comfortable.
With the arrival of Android 12 later this year, the use of applications at the same time will be the object of greater care on the part of Google. For this, the American will introduce what will possibly be known as “App Pairs”.
App Pairs will change, for the better, the use of applications simultaneously
Currently, if you want to use two apps at the same time you are required to open one, then go to the menu of recent apps and it is from there that you can select the second application you want to use. In addition to being a laborious process, this method fixes the first one at the top of the screen.
With the introduction of “App Pairs” this process promises to be simpler and more intuitive. To what publication 9to5 Google managed to ascertain, this new feature will group two applications as if they were one task.
The source developed an illustration of how “App Pairs” are believed to work. On the left you can see the multitasking currently offered and on the right the concept of the operation of this new functionality.
With the introduction of this novelty, the user will be able to select two recent applications and turn them into a pair. As is the case today, you will have the power to resize the space that each of them will occupy on the screen, according to your needs.
In addition, you can easily change the position of each of the applications open on your smartphone screen. For that, a double tap on the line that divides the applications open at that moment will suffice.
Samsung and Microsoft already have similar solutions
If the designation attributed to this new feature of Android 12 does not sound strange, this is due to a solution already developed by Samsung. Called “App Pair”, this feature of Galaxy devices allows the opening of two applications simultaneously.
Microsoft also introduced something similar on its Surface Duo. In this case, the user can create shortcuts to open two applications simultaneously, one on each screen.
In view of the growing size of smartphone screens and new formats, it is time for Google to review its multitasking. Let us wait for the availability of the first versions of Android 12 to check the convenience of “App Pairs”.
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