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Drag and drop text between apps in multi-window mode [Diving into Android N]

There's a new feature in Android N that lets you drag and drop text between applications in multi-window mode!

Published onMarch 10, 2016

So we all know by now that one of the headlining features in the first Android N developer preview is multi-window support. It’s not perfect in its current form (this is a developer preview, after all), but it is a very promising start. For those unaware, multi-window mode allows for a more fluent multitasking experience throughout the entire operating system by making it possible to run two apps side-by-side at the same time. It’s easy to activate, and so far, it hasn’t been extremely buggy. There is one major feature that’s been overlooked so far — one that will bring the already solid multitasking experience to the next level.

Note: Be sure to check out our Diving Into Android N series for more coverage!

If you happen to have two different applications open at the same time, say Google Keep and Google Messenger, Android N will allow you to drag and drop text between the two applications. Once you type something out in one app, just select the text that you’d like to move, and drag it over to the other app. It’s really that easy. There’s no need to press the copy button (although you can copy/paste between apps) or anything of the sort. Just drag and drop. Below you’ll find a short video showing off this feature in action.

While multi-window in and of itself isn’t too buggy at the moment, this drag and drop feature is. I’ve only gotten it to work with smaller pieces of text that are 1-4 words long, and not all apps play nice with it as of yet.

Looking past the bugs though, this is one killer feature that I’m really happy Google is focusing on bringing to Android. It’ll make multitasking on mobile even easier, especially on Android tablets like the Pixel C or Nexus 9.

How have you been liking the Android N preview? More specifically, is multi-window mode working out for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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