The ability to display two apps on one screen simultaneously is not new. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 possesses this capability, and so do other Samsung tablets and selected smartphones, especially those with large screens.
But when you examine the products offered by most mobile device makers, it is a good bet that you will not be able to find another device that has this feature. Why not?
Now should be a good time for smartphones to have split-screen abilities. For one, more and more people are becoming increasingly appreciative of smartphones with very large display screens. The popularity of the Google Nexus 6 (5.9 inches display screen), the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inches display screen), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (5.7 inches display screen) is proof of this. Secondly, multitasking on your smartphone has almost become the new norm (playing 2048 while waiting for a YouTube clip to load).
The good news is that apart from Samsung, a few mobile device makers have slowly begun to see the light. Acer, for instance, has its Iconia Tab 8 tablet. This device is capable of displaying multiple windows through its Split Screen feature. The G3 smartphone, the flagship Android device of LG, also has a split-screen mode. Microsoft Windows tablets even allow you to snap more than one app simultaneously on the screen. Even Apple is getting in on the fun -- a code in the latest version of the iOS mobile operating system has hinted that split screens may soon be seen iPads, and perhaps on the iPhone 6 Plus too.
Can we expect more split-screen capable smartphones in 2015? The signs are definitely there. As mentioned earlier, more users are now becoming comfortable handling devices with pretty big display screens. Also, we are doing more tasks on our mobile devices than ever before, which means that sooner or later, we are surely gonna need split screens to be more efficient in accomplishing our tasks.
Desktop computers have been doing this for decades. But now that our mobile devices are almost as powerful as our computers, why not start having more split screens on our smartphones and tablets too?
Of course, this is easier said than done. Mobile phone makers have to make sure that their multi-window option will not come with any lagging issues. Otherwise, there would be no point to having split screens when you can't do the multiple tasks as smoothly as possible anyway.
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