Having the ability to run two apps with a split screen on smartphones could finally be a popular feature for 2015 with the trend of larger screens for mobile devices.
One of the best features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 I bought in 2012 is surprisingly still fairly scarce on other devices. The 5.5-inch phone gained the ability to run two apps on the screen at one time thanks to a software update. Samsung has since used this function on many of its larger phones and tablets; I can see why since it’s so useful.
Few other companies have followed suit here, which is a bit baffling, particularly since phones are getting larger displays which are perfectly suited for this type multitasking. Some companies are slowly coming around though.
Acer’s latest Iconia Tab 8, for example, has a split-screen mode according to Liliputing. This lets you choose from a selection of apps that can run in a half-window, similar to how Samsung’s implementation works. LG also has a split-screen mode on its G3 flagship Android phone. Microsoft Windows tablets let you “snap” several apps on-screen simultaneously. And code in iOS 8 has hinted at Apple adding the same function: I could easy see it on Apple iPads and maybe even on the iPhone 6 Plus.