[APP][7.0] Parallel Windows for Nougat - enter into GOD mode at multitasking!

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By jagan2, Recognized Developer on 4th September 2016, 12:14 AM
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UPDATE: v2.0_Alpha is up!

Hi everyone!

If you happen to be a fan of split-window mode in Android Nougat, there is a good chance that may find this nifty tools App that I have been working on - Parallel Windows for Nougat (Android 7.0 Nougat exclusive)

What it does? 3 things as of now:

#1 Provide an onscreen shortcut to toggle split-screen
#2 Quickly launch any new App in split-screen mode through a floating mini App drawer.
#3 Mirror an App!

WhatsApp mirrored! WhatsApp mirrored!

YES! You can run two Windows of an App, two windows of almost any App on a phone but MANY windows of an App on tablet, as seen on the screenshots above.

The set of tools can be accessed by swiping from right edge of the screen, couple of screenshots of the App:

Parallel Windows for Nougat - Settings Parallel Windows for Nougat - swipe from right Parallel Windows for Nougat - floating drawer

Here is a video demo (please note that it's on an emulator, expect some lags here and there.) In case you're only interested in checking out how the mirroring of App works, jump to 03:14 in the video. And if anybody can shoot a quality video, please do and upload to this thread.
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Parallel Windows for Nougat - Logo

What's changed/new in v2.1_Alpha:

* The white background of "RECENT ACTIVITY" panel is now toned down.
* Recent activity removes Apps which are uninstalled.
* Added/changed UI texts wherever needed.

What's changed/new in v2.0_Alpha:

* Significant improvement in the UI controls, you should feel everything super snappy now.
* App drawer now supports fast scrolling.
* You can now adjust the placement of the hotspot to trigger Parallel Windows side bar - length, width, location (up/down/left/right.)
* A new panel is now available, 'RECENT ACTIVITY' - whichever App you launch/mirror using Parallel Windows, goes here. This panel will have more additions in future - shortcut to launch multiple Apps, widgets etc.

What's changed/new in v1.2_Alpha:

* The App is now battery ready - uses CPU for only the few seconds when you interact with it.

What's changed/new in v1.1_Alpha:

* The floating App drawer should be super responsive now.
* After swiping in left the tools menu, you can tap anywhere on the screen to exit (earlier you had to swipe back to the right.)
* Added quick sharing option.
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4th September 2016, 08:33 AM |#2  
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If you have an interesting use case for the 'mirror' feature on a particular App, please post a screenshot of your phone/tablet. I will include them here to showcase.
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4th September 2016, 07:09 PM |#3  
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Installation instruction and important notes on the app
  • Download the .apk and proceed with standard installation.
  • Launch the App, read through the notes, check off boxes, hit 'continue'.
  • In the main Settings page, hit the first switch 'Permit to draw over other Apps', it will take you to a new page, enable the permission and hit back.
  • Again, in the main Settings page, click the second switch 'Enable Accessibility Service', you will be take to the Accessibility Services menu, choose "Parallel Windows for Nougat" from the list, and enable it.
  • [OPTIONAL] Go back to the Settings page, adjust the width and height of the hotspot (the hotspot region will be highlighted with every change.)

  • Once everything is set-up, you can swipe from the middle of right edge of your screen to open the menu.
  • The menu has 3 buttons, starting from top they are: App Drawer, Split Screen Toggle and Mirror respectively.
  • Clicking the middle button (Split Screen Toggle) will, well, toggle the split-screen mode of your device.
  • The top most button (App Drawer,) will let you open a App drawer right on your screen. Clicking any App here will launch it side-by-side to your existing App. If your device is already in split-screen mode, then there is no gurantee on which side of the screen will the App launch. Also, one important thing to keep in mind is, this App drawer is exclusive to launch Apps side by side, it will NOT open any App in normal full screen.
  • The third button is called 'Mirror'. 'Parallel Windows' for Nougat is totally inspired by the magical functionality of this button. More about it in the next section.

  • CASE 1: You're not in split-screen mode. Now, if you swipe from right, hit the Mirror button, it will ask you to "Select an App to mirror". You can tap anywhere on the background App that is visible through the transcluent black area. Clicking it will mirror the App, give it a few seconds to complete the process.
  • CASE 2: You're already in split-screen mode and you want to mirror one of the two windows (or many incase of tablets.) Again, swipe from right, hit the mirror button, tap on the App which you want to mirror, visible through the translucent black window.
  • There is small probability that the Mirroring didn't do its job well. In that case, you can just try again. If it doesn't work the second time either, and you really need to mirror the particular App, all you have to do is, close all other Apps, and try mirroring on the App again (it should work almost certainly.)
  • Do note that, not all the Apps are mirrorable. Parallel Windows will indeed let you know if it can not mirror a particular App. In most of the cases, if you think an App has a use for mirroring then most likely it will be available for mirroing.
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4th September 2016, 09:25 PM |#4  
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Looks awesome
4th September 2016, 09:38 PM |#5  
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This is how I've been saying Samsungs multi window should be toggled for years! Looks great!
4th September 2016, 11:15 PM |#6  
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What I always wanted was split window in LANDSCAPE that showed 2 or 3 windows scaled as if it's 3 full screens. Like 3 devices. Smaller keyboard, smaller phone app, but clear enough on these super high res screens we have.

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5th September 2016, 09:45 AM |#7  
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what is the minimum version of android required to run this app
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5th September 2016, 10:42 AM |#8  
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Originally Posted by arjuntsgowda

what is the minimum version of android required to run this app

will it work on lollipop?
5th September 2016, 10:49 AM |#9  
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No download link ?

Gesendet von meinem SM-G900F mit Tapatalk
5th September 2016, 11:37 AM |#10  
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Will it work on KITKAT???
6th September 2016, 12:29 PM |#11  
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How's it going? Looks awesome. Great job.
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