Android N Feature Spotlight: Multiple Device Locales Are Now Supported, Allowing Search Results In Multiple Languages And Other Goodies
Android N Feature Spotlight: Android For Work Updated With Profile Security Challenge, Wallpaper Locking, Work Mode Toggle, And Much More
[Update: Images Will Work When Apps Add Support] Android N Feature Spotlight: Drag And Drop Text Between Apps In Multi-Window
Android N Feature Spotlight: Sound Settings Have A New Mono Playback Toggle
Android N Feature Spotlight: Full Importance Settings Offer Granular Control Of Notification Priority
- View All 82 Articles In This Series
You're probably aware of Google's new multi-window feature in Android N. We've demoed it a few times, but there's yet more multitasking goodness to go over. When you're in split-screen, it's possible to drag and drop text between windows. Yes, Samsung has done this for a few years, and the Android N implementation is messy. Buy hey, we're getting there.
This appears to only work with text right now, whereas the Samsung version can do images as well. You need to highlight the text first on Android N, then long-press and drag to the other window. This feature does feel very buggy and incomplete at the moment, but this is a developer preview. Some apps don't work at all, and the keyboard on phones blocks enough of the window that copying from editable fields is almost impossible.
It's not ideal, but it does work. Hopefully we can expect to see a cleaner implementation of this feature in the final release.
Google's multi-window support does include the ability to drag and drop images and other content as well, but it requires implementation of new APIs. There don't appear to be any apps right now that we can use to test this. It's happening, though.
- Ian lake