20140627 Holy Crap… It Turns Out That The Chan

Keith I MyersKeith I Myers2014-06-27 11:49:43-0400 – Updated: 2014-06-27 11:49:43-0400Holy Crap… It turns out that the changes made in L could be more then we bargained for. Currently OEMs like Samsung create their own APIs for things like Split Screens, L could standardize this and eventually become a standard in future versions of Android.

I rarely see the need for split screened apps on my phone (and it is a 6.4 incher) however it is something I would kill for on my Nexus 10Originally shared by Jean-Baptiste QuéruDocument-Centric Android

There’s a big change in Android L that I haven’t seen mentioned much: Android is moving away from an app-centric toward a document-centric one.

Here’s what I mean: in Android, until KitKat, there can be a single task rooted in each app. This has been true since the very first version. This is changing in L. We’ve seen some of that in the keynote where Chrome can display multiple pages in the task switcher, but this seems to go deeper.

At the technical level, in addition to what was shows in the “What’s New in Android” session at I/O, FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_WHEN_TASK_RESET got renamed as FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_DOCUMENT, and the behavior changed. This might actually be changing the behavior of exiting apps into automatically supporting multiple tasks automatically, which could actually be disruptive for such apps if they’re not implemented accordingly.

At a user level, this is probably going to be a fairly minor change for now outside of what was shown for Chrome, but it opens up more possibilities for Android to evolve, like split-screen mechanisms that allow multiple instances of the same app, or windowed systems like Google showed with Android apps running on ChromeOS.Shared with: Public, Keith I Myers, Andy Nguyen+1’d by: Dorian Sanchez, Ana Medina, John Scott, Robert WarrenJohn Scott – 2014-06-27 11:51:51-0400AwesomeAndy Nguyen – 2014-06-27 13:33:06-0400Is there a running build of L for the ZU yet? It would look amazing on that giant display!Keith I Myers – 2014-06-27 13:35:16-0400+Andy Nguyen – Not yet. Only the Nexus 6 and Nexus 7. I am running it on my Nexus 7 now. The ZU GPE and all other Nexus/GPE devices purchased in the past 2 years should get it when it is out of preview in a few months. (I am guessing August/September however no date was ever announced)Andy Nguyen – 2014-06-27 13:36:39-0400Wonder if someone will try and port a working build to it. I’m about to install it on my N5 to see how it looks +Keith I Myers Keith I Myers – 2014-06-27 13:40:07-0400I would not recommend installing a “Port” on the Z Ultra. There are some strange things under the hood with it from my experiments. 

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