- Android 14 Beta 2 introduces saving app pairs for split-screen mode.
- Google’s update enhances convenience for split-screen enthusiasts.
- Samsung and Microsoft paved the way for this feature in customized Android versions.
Android 14 Beta 2 just dropped with an exciting update to the split-screen app view. A leaked feature discovered by Mishaal Rahman suggests that users may soon be able to save app pairs as shortcuts for quick and easy access.
Currently, setting up split-screen apps each time you open them can be a hassle, unless you leave them running in the background. With the new “save app pair” option, it is speculated that you can save app pairs as shortcuts on your home screen.
Android 14 prepares to let you save an 'app pair' that launches side-by-side in split-screen mode!— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) May 17, 2023
In Beta 2, a new launcher flag has been added that, when enabled, surfaces a "save app pair" menu item in the context menu of split-screened apps in the recents overview. pic.twitter.com/lNwg6crlwZ
While the “save app pair” option doesn’t currently have any functionality, it holds great potential as the next logical step for power users who rely heavily on split-screen mode. Smartphone OS updates often focus on refining existing features, and this small tweak showcases Google’s commitment to enhancing user experiences until the next big demand arises.
Samsung and Microsoft have already introduced this functionality within their own customized versions of Android. However, with Google incorporating this feature, it opens the door for other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with large-screen devices to adopt it for their own launchers.
This might seem like a small change, but it has significant implications for split-screen enthusiasts and power users, especially those with big screens or foldable devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 5 or Pixel Fold.