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Chrome OS' split-screen snapping might eventually work with Android apps

There is no telling when Google might include the feature in an upcoming Chrome OS update, though it will surely boost productivity and multi-tasking.

Published onJanuary 26, 2018

  • A new commit revealed the ability to eventually use Android apps in split-screen mode.
  • There is no word on when the feature will be included in a future Chrome OS update.
  • The feature would work well with a recent update that allows Android apps to run in the background.

With Google‘s intentions to integrate Chrome OS with Android clear, it makes sense that the folks at Mountain View look to eventually let you use Android applications in split-screen mode.

This is not an entirely new feature for Chrome OS, since you can use split-screen windows in tablet mode. As XDA Developers discovered in a new commit, split-screen will eventually work with Android apps as well, whether you are in desktop or tablet mode.

Combined with a recent update that allows Android apps to run in the background, the updated split-screen feature should allow for the level of productivity and multi-tasking that Chrome OS can greatly benefit from.

Many of ChromeOS’ critics have long complained the operating system isn’t capable of the same level of productivity and flexibility that Windows and Mac OS allow for. Android app support certainly helps with that, andthe past few updates have only increased their usefulness when jumping between tasks.

Unfortunately, we have no idea when split-screen for Android apps will arrive. The commit was discovered a day or two ago, and Google has said nothing about what to expect in the next Chrome OS update.

Either way, we will be sure to keep you updated with any news from Mountain View.

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