A new patent that was filed in Korea reveals some work Samsung has been pursuing in developing new multi-window features for a user interface dubbed Iconic UX. The interface appears to be focused on an interface that provides several windows for apps to utilize. Similar to what Samsung has done with their Touchwiz multi-window function, users would be able to share content between open windows using drag and drop type interactions.
One of the features that Samsung has used to try to sell the usefulness of their Touchwiz interface is the ability to open two apps at once, splitting screen real estate between them in a multi-window configuration. Sources have revealed that Google was working on a similar feature in late 2013 and early 2014 for possible inclusion in Android.
Samsung just released a video which displays the recently unveiled, gorgeous Galaxy Note 3— the 6.5 minute clip highlights some of the main features included on the device, like Action Memo, Multi Window, and Scrapbook. It also shows off the S Pen and goes over the S Finder interface for a bit as well.
The Galaxy Note 3 will be widely available around the world in 120 countries come September 25, but we’ll have to wait and see to find out which carriers will be offering the device and for how much.
Be sure to check out the video below!
Samsung quickly changed the way we multitask and use apps with its implementation of the Multi Window. This feature allows Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy S III users to use two apps simultaneously. You can check your Gmail while watching videos on YouTube or look up a map while talking to someone in Hangouts without having to switch to the app completely.
Samsung created a Multi-Window tray with Android 4.2.2 that makes it easy to open apps into Multi Window. It can be placed on either the left or right side of your home screen and you have complete control of what apps show in it. Of course if you don’t have Multi Window enabled, you may not even know it exists. Hit the break to find out how to enable, hide, move, and edit the Multi Window tray.
It’s a great time to be an owner of the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone as there is a big time update that is finally on the way. According to Samsung Canada’s Twitter account, the official multi-window update is set to be pushed to owners starting this Wednesday, February 6th:
“TheNextBigThing arrives Wed for GALAXY Note II owners as we begin rolling out the Multi Window & Chinese language support update.”
In addition to the multi-window update which brings the ability to have a few windows open at a time, the update also brings Chinese language support– giving even more functionality to an already sweet device. Naturally we expect the update to roll out to devices in phases– but here’s hoping that it doesn’t too long for the update to hit all devices.
source: Samsung Canada Twitter
With the increasing power available in modern smartphones, we have started to see manufacturers provide the ability to have multiple “windows” open at once on their devices, emulating the desktop environment. This can be useful for people who do not necessarily want to back out of one application to access another. One area where this can lead to some real benefits for the user is when a quick note needs to be jotted down. Owner’s of smartphones running older versions of Android can join in on the fun now thanks to XDA Developer forum member Mohammad_Adib who create the Floating Stickies note-taking app.
Do you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from AT&T and have been patiently waiting for the multi-window update? Now you just have to wait one more day as AT&T plans on releasing the update on December 27th (tomorrow). Here’s AT&T’s official statement regarding the update:
AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active “windows” creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.
The multi-window functionality has been popular for Samsung’s devices and I’m sure it won’t disappoint you! Once you have the update let us know how it goes!
An update to T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will bring forth the much anticipated multi-window functionality to the device. According to T-Mobile:
A software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note II to Baseband version T889UVALK8 is expected to be available onDecember 19. The software update, which will be available by Over The Air (OTA) and through Kies, will provide new multiscreen functionality, along with a few bug fixes.
Here’s what you can expect on the new update:
- New multi-window feature
- Resolves Exchange calendar events not appearing on device Calendar
- Resolves issues with being unable to swipe through Gmail messages
Multi-window is the ultimate multitasking feature in my opinion. It should be a popular feature for you Note 2 users. Anyone excited for this update to hit in two days?
One of the unique features of Jelly Bean running on the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the multi-window feature. It is so popular that Samsung decided to make it available on their Galaxy S III device. Oddly enough, when Samsung made the Galaxy Note II available for the U.S. market, the Jelly Bean build that shipped did not include the multi-window function, even though it was available on international versions.
As original Galaxy Note owners eagerly await the possible arrival of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on their devices, we are now beginning to see signs of which custom features will be found in the update. Similar to the Galaxy Note II smartphone and the incoming Android 4.1.2 update due to for the Galaxy S III next month, the original Galaxy Note will include the awesome TouchWiz Nature UI and the multi-window feature, allowing for true multitasking and the ability to use multiple apps at once on the Galaxy Note.
To corroborate this news is the surfacing of not one, but two preliminary Jelly Bean builds being spotted in the wild for the Galaxy Note. The first build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS3 and is currently being tested at Samsung bringing not only the TouchWiz Nature UI and multi-window feature; the second build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS7 which not only highlights the same mentioned custom Sammy features, but actually has video footage of those features in action. Of course Sammy has stayed mum on whether or not this evidence is actually factual or not, but considering these builds are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before— we’re willing to bet that these are not only authentic— but that we’ll likely see the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 updates announced for the Galaxy Note sooner than later.
source: SamMobile 1 | SamMobile 2 | YouTube