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You might be able to run two instances of Gemini on Android at once (APK teardown)

Double the Gemini for your multitasking needs.

Published onJuly 2, 2024

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  • Gemini may get an update that adds a handle at the top of the app.
  • Long pressing this handle allows you to open Gemini in another window.
  • Users can use Gemini in both windows at the same time.

When it comes to features designed for larger screens, Google’s AI assistant comes up a bit lacking. However, Gemini could soon get a feature that would be perfect for foldables and tablets.

An APK teardown helps predict features that may arrive on a service in the future based on work-in-progress code. However, it is possible that such predicted features may not make it to a public release.

When you open the current version of the Gemini app for Android, it can appear as a popup, or you can expand it to fullscreen. However, in the latest beta (version 15.26.34) of the Google app for Android, activating a flag gives the user another option.

After the flag is enabled, the user will see a handle appear at the top of the Gemini popup. Tapping on this handle does nothing, but long-pressing on it will allow you to drag the window to the top of the screen. When this window is dropped, it will open up a second window, allowing you to use Gemini in two windows at the same time.

When this is done, the user can have a conversation in both windows with neither conversation affecting the other. As we mentioned earlier, we could see such a feature being pretty handy if you’re using a foldable or a tablet.

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In addition, we also came across a new manifest entry related to this, which you can see above. This seems to hint that this feature will come to Galaxy devices as Samsung multi-window mode.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any idea as to if or when this feature could be made widely available in the stable version of the Google app for Android.

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