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Pixelbook Split-Screen Multitasking Will Soon Be Possible in Tablet Mode

Ubergizmo 2017-11-12 19:46:48


If you’re looking for the best Chrome OS experience and have money to spend, then the $1,000 Google Pixelbook is just the device for how. It’s great in more ways than one but there’s always room for improvement. Many users find fault with the way Chrome OS handles multitasking in tablet mode. That’s about to change soon as the latest version of Chrome OS will enable split-screen multitasking in tablet mode.

It’s possible to enable Split View multitasking in Chrome OS right now by enabling a flag in the Dev Channel for the operating system. This was first reported by François Beaufort, who happens to be a Googler himself.

The flag that needs to be enabled is labeled as chrome://flags/#enable-tablet-splitview. Once it has been enabled, users can tap on the overview icon to see the windows that are open and then move them to either side to open in split-screen view. This will enable them to run two tabs of Chrome on the screen simultaneously.

The only caveat right now is that the Split View multitasking feature only works with the Chrome web browser. What that means is that it’s not possible to run two Android apps side-by-side at the same time when the Pixelbook is in tablet mode.

Perhaps the ability to do this will be included in the final version of this feature when it’s rolled out to the public. There will be no need to enable it via the developer flag then.

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