Xiaomi to bring split-screen multitasking to MIUI 8

Among the many new features that were announced with MIUI 8, Xiaomi also seems to be adding split-screen multitasking to the same ROM.

While Xiaomi's MIUI 7 appears to be polished in its current state, there are still a couple of bugs within the UI that need a bit of fixing. But hardcore Android fans would avoid the heavily skinned OS for one reason and that is its outdated Android base. MIUI 7, available on the latest Android smartphones from the company, still runs a heavily skinned version of Google's Android 5.1 Lollipop and there are chances that it may remain the same with MIUI 8 as well. Xiaomi has been adding features to its heavily customised MIUI OS however, and for those who downloaded the MIUI 8 beta, there is one more new feature that has shown up.

Among the many new features that were announced with MIUI 8, GizmoChina reports that Xiaomi is also working on adding a split-screen multitasking feature to the same ROM. No Android N? No problem! Xiaomi is finding workarounds to make up for its outdated Android base software by adding features available in newer Android versions.

Split-screen multitasking is nothing new to Android. It's just that Google made the feature native with the launch of its Developer Preview for Android N. Samsung has been playing around with split-screen for a few years now, especially with its Note series of phablets. This could work well with Xiaomi's bigger devices, especially the Mi Max. But according to the same source, the new feature will make an appearance in later versions of the developer beta that is currently available for download.

Split-screen aside, Google is also expected to debut a freeform window mode for larger tablet displays that will let users move app "windows" around the homescreen, similar to what we have on desktop operating systems.

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