Android 7.0 Nougat News: New 'Screens' App Simplifies Split-Screen Feature

4 January 2017, 5:42 am EST By Charles Lim Mobile & Apps
A reporter uses a cell phone to take a photograph of Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS being used on a Motorola Xoon tablet during a press event at Google headquarters on February 2, 2011 in Mountain View, California. Google unveiled its Android Honeycomb operating system, the first Android operating system designed specifically for tablets.  ( Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images )


With the performance and features of smartphones slowing transforming them into more than just devices for calling or texting, more users are now using the devices for business and productivity purposes. As display sizes grow bigger, the demand for split-screen support is also rapidly increasing. Google is of course well aware of this, which is why they have now added full support for split-screen apps into its latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

Utilizing the built-in split screen feature in the operating system can be a bit confusing, which is why a group of developers calling themselves Keep Away From Fire has released a brand new app called "Screens." The app basically lets users fully utilize the split-screen feature of Android 7.0 Nougat in a user-friendly one-tap to setup application.

The app itself is free for anyone to download for Android 7.0 Nougat users from the Google Play Store. Seeing as that it is being offered free of charge, the app itself is understandably very simple and bare bones. There isn't a lot of design elements or other features as it only basically lets users choose what apps they want to be displayed on separate screens. Users just have to choose the apps they want, then create a shortcut for it. Clicking on the shortcut will automatically launch the chosen apps in split-screen, regardless of whether or not they were already running in the background.

The app's source code has been shared on GitHub, which means that other app developers can opt to tweak the app if they should choose to. The app of course only works with Android 7.0 Nougat or higher versions and is a must have for those who want to be able to automatically launch app combinations to increase their productivity. The app currently works for most major productivity apps, such as Twitter, Microsoft Word, Slack, and other software. However, unsupported apps will automatically result in a crash when a shortcut containing it is launched.



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