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    There are only a dozen apps or so that appear in the Multi-Window screen options. Is that it? Is there no way to add apps?
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    App developers can write their apps to use multiwindow. I have over 50 apps in there. Samsung has opened it to any app that wants to use it. It's up to the devs.

    Someone on the Verizon forums said they think Verizon has done something to limit this but I don't have a Verizon phone and don't know if that is true. It would be strange for them to be blocking this particular function that Samsung has made open.

    I believe you are not rooted (neither am I) but rooted phones can add a hook to apps that have not been written for multiwindow that will allow them access to it.

    There is also an app for non-rooted phones that can allow you to add some (not all and not even most) apps to multiwindow but it requires backing up, uninstalling, and reinstalling the app and repeating this every time the app updates so I don't use it. If anyone wants to look into it though it is called MW-Pen App Enabler and I believe for the multiwindow part you may need the paid version.
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    My S3 was rooted and I really liked being able to add any app I wanted to multiwindow. Why does Samsung limit a good feature? Makes no sense...
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    My S3 was rooted and I really liked being able to add any app I wanted to multiwindow. Why does Samsung limit a good feature? Makes no sense...
    They did not limit it. They opened the sdk and in fact made it very easy for devs to implement. Designing For The Galaxy Note - Creating Multi Window Apps | SAMSUNG Developers
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    Yes, well that may be true, however, it doesn't help the average user, like me. I'm not going to start coding for Android. All I want is to be able to add more apps to the Mult-Window view and there's no easy way, unless I root the device.

    So let me see if I get this -

    If I want to keep the stock ROM, I have to write code in my app to make it Multi-Window aware or, if I root the device, I can just add them at will..

    SamDung - you're a bunch of dumb(inappropriate language edited by Moderator) morons!!
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    It's not about the user writing code. It's about app developers writing literally a couple lines of code into their apps. If you want an app in multi window, contact the dev. It's an easy thing for them to do. Samsung has made everything available to them and made it very easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpr View Post
    It's not about the user writing code. It's about app developers writing literally a couple lines of code into their apps. If you want an app in multi window, contact the dev. It's an easy thing for them to do. Samsung has made everything available to them and made it very easy.
    It's a lot easier if Samsung just allowed what a rooted phone plus the playstore app does. App writers are making apps for Android, not one particular phone brands specific feature. Just out of the box, any app should be able to be added. If a root and simple market app allows that, then Samsung could allowed for it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mst99 View Post
    It's a lot easier if Samsung just allowed what a rooted phone plus the playstore app does. App writers are making apps for Android, not one particular phone brands specific feature. Just out of the box, any app should be able to be added. If a root and simple market app allows that, then Samsung could allowed for it too.
    The rooted way of doing this is a hack that forces data that does not exist in the app. Of course Samsung is not going to do this. It is outrageous to suggest they should do such a thing. I would certainly not buy a phone from any company that would. That is no way to write software. It is up to the devs to enable support and this is a dev's job.

    This is also not a minor feature from a minor manufacturer. It is well worth it to devs to add support. Many devs have already added support - like I said i have over 50 apps on my phone alone with support - and any dev can add this in literally one minute. It's their responsibly to work with the framework and they have been given full access to the sdk and step by step directions. It is not up to Samsung to force hacks into apps and into the OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpr View Post
    Someone on the Verizon forums said they think Verizon has done something to limit this but I don't have a Verizon phone and don't know if that is true. It would be strange for them to be blocking this particular function that Samsung has made open.
    This started because Verizon was first to add Multiwindow support to the Galaxy Note 2, but they hadn't finished testing all the apps when they released it. So we Verizon users were missing a few apps. This led to rumors that Verizon was limiting use of the feature to limit data use. A month or so later they came out with an update that contained all the apps that were on the other carriers, and the rumors were put to rest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mst99 View Post
    Why does Samsung limit a good feature? Makes no sense...
    I think they limit the feature because not all apps will work well in a non standard aspect ratio, and not all apps support changing their resolution on the fly, and not all apps support continuing to function when they lose focus.

    I think Samsung didn't want to introduce this feature and then have a lot of people complaining that it didn't work well, when it was really an application issue when it didn't work. They made it easy for apps to say "Yes, I work with multiwindow", but they made app developers verify it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpr View Post
    The rooted way of doing this is a hack that forces data that does not exist in the app. Of course Samsung is not going to do this. It is outrageous to suggest they should do such a thing. I would certainly not buy a phone from any company that would. That is no way to write software. It is up to the devs to enable support and this is a dev's job.

    This is also not a minor feature from a minor manufacturer. It is well worth it to devs to add support. Many devs have already added support - like I said i have over 50 apps on my phone alone with support - and any dev can add this in literally one minute. It's their responsibly to work with the framework and they have been given full access to the sdk and step by step directions. It is not up to Samsung to force hacks into apps and into the OS.
    You may have over 50 apps that support it, but many of the most basic OEM and Android built in apps don't like Chrome for example.
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    You may have over 50 apps that support it, but many of the most basic OEM and Android built in apps don't like Chrome for example.
    Chrome absolutely does support multi window.

    Here, I took a screenshot.
    Multi Window-screenshot_2014-06-05-03-41-05.jpg
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    There are a small handful of d/l apps that appear in mine. I disabled Chome, but it was there. I may have removed it from MW myself.




    Also Maps, Gmail and You Tube not shown.

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    Chrome definitely does support multiwindow on my Verizon GN3. I use it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpr View Post
    The rooted way of doing this is a hack that forces data that does not exist in the app. Of course Samsung is not going to do this. It is outrageous to suggest they should do such a thing. I would certainly not buy a phone from any company that would. That is no way to write software. It is up to the devs to enable support and this is a dev's job.

    This is also not a minor feature from a minor manufacturer. It is well worth it to devs to add support. Many devs have already added support - like I said i have over 50 apps on my phone alone with support - and any dev can add this in literally one minute. It's their responsibly to work with the framework and they have been given full access to the sdk and step by step directions. It is not up to Samsung to force hacks into apps and into the OS.
    Only two of my downloaded apps work with multiwindow. So either I downloaded from dumb developers, or they don't give a crap about Samsung's multiwindow feature. I'm guessing it's the latter. When there is a Knox proof S5 root available I will then do what the developers and Samsung failed to do. It's really not a big deal. But to suggest I contact dev and ask them to please write in a code for me. F *-that, tell Samsung to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpr View Post
    The rooted way of doing this is a hack that forces data that does not exist in the app. Of course Samsung is not going to do this. It is outrageous to suggest they should do such a thing.
    This is actually a bit of an overstatement. All the hack does is tell the MultiWindow sub-system that the app will work correctly in a split screen.

    Samsung could have done the same thing without touching any of the apps by just making the default for Multiwindow that all apps work.

    I assume they didn't do this because some apps do not work well under MW and Samsung would have gotten flack for the problems. This way, the developers make the changes (if needed) to get the app to work, and then they publish an update with the "Multiwindow compatible" flag turned on.

    Most developers never bothered to do this because MW never really caught on as a selling point. Still, its a pretty useful function, and except for a few games, all of my apps that I would want to use it in support it.
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    I stand corrected. After editing the MW - I did find Chrome and most of the other apps I needed! Thanks for all the helpful replies!
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    You should be able to add just about anything. Awesome thread by nlitenme, and others: Multi Window Compatible Apps List & User Guide

    For those that root, MW Apps Manager is a must.

    If you don't want to root, I believe there is a work-around to get an app added. I'll try to dig a bit, but if anyone else remembers, please feel free to post.
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    I'm a relative noob to android and recently got the Note 3 (coming from a Z10) - since the OP's question was answered and this thread is titled "Multi Window", I had a question that I was hoping you gents could clarify...before I upgraded to KitKat, when I would click on links within an email for example, I would get the browser to open as a second window under the email (on the same screen but on the bottom half) with a round blue dot which when clicked would give options (switch priority, open in full screen etc). Ever since I upgraded to KitKat, that option does not always show up. It does show up when I long press the back button. Am I doing something wrong or is this the new way its supposed to work in Kit Kat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazmi View Post
    I'm a relative noob to android and recently got the Note 3 (coming from a Z10) - since the OP's question was answered and this thread is titled "Multi Window", I had a question that I was hoping you gents could clarify...before I upgraded to KitKat, when I would click on links within an email for example, I would get the browser to open as a second window under the email (on the same screen but on the bottom half) with a round blue dot which when clicked would give options (switch priority, open in full screen etc). Ever since I upgraded to KitKat, that option does not always show up. It does show up when I long press the back button. Am I doing something wrong or is this the new way its supposed to work in Kit Kat?
    Settings - Device - Multi window - check Open in multi window view
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    Holey mullarkey. I never knew it could do that, and I didn't know that was there.
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    Settings - Device - Multi window - check Open in multi window view
    That's very interesting. I use MW all the time but did not know about this. Thanks.
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    I have that setting enabled. The shot above is what happens when I click on a link in an email. The shot below is how it used to show up before my kitkat upgrade. If I press and hold the back key, the blue dot with options shows up.





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    S-Note version 3.1 that came with KitKat has a lot of new touch and hold options in template tick boxes. I suspect this is an upgraded version of MW then. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazmi View Post
    I have that setting enabled. The shot above is what happens when I click on a link in an email. The shot below is how it used to show up before my kitkat upgrade. If I press and hold the back key, the blue dot with options shows up.
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    I'm running 4.4.2 and the blue dot shows up for me automatically without pressing the back button. Maybe try clearing your cache. Maybe one of the guys with a Verizon phone can verify how it works on theirs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madd54 View Post
    If I hadn't flunked out of Galaxy School, I would have graduated from KitKat University by now.
    Too funny!
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