Google’s upcoming Android version, Android Q, will come with a new feature called “Multi-Resume” which will enable two apps to run simultaneously. The Mountain View company at its Developer’s Summit announced that the feature will arrive as part of the Android support for foldable smartphones.
Google’s VP of Engineering Dave Burke explained how Android will appear on foldable displays. The new multi-resume feature is expected to become a ‘mandatory behaviour’ in the next Android version. With this feature, Google will make it possible for multiple apps to be open and run simultaneously.
When in multi-window mode, developers will have the option to keep apps resumed so as to better utilise the extra screen real estate.
Samsung already has support for the multi-resume feature in its “MultiStar” module in Good Lock app. With Google’s latest announcement, the multi-resume feature is now expected to have native support on Android devices.
XDA Developers reported that to test the feature both the OEM and app will have to opt-in on an existing Android Pie device. As per the report, to enable the feature OEMs will have to roll out an update to include multi-resume support on a ‘particular’ smartphone.
Multi-window functionality is present on Android in various forms. The split-screen and free form were introduced in Android Nougat in 2016. Google later released picture-in-picture mode in Android Oreo OS. But while split-screen functionality allows opening two apps in a tab, only one app remains active while the other app is paused. With the new multi-resume feature, Google is now expected to fix this limitation. XDA Developers suggest that while foldable devices will have the benefit of multi-resume support, smartphones with taller display will also be able to take advantage from these ‘improvements.’
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