Split Screen Multitasking: How to Run 2 Apps in Separate Windows on Your Nexus 7 Simultaneously
Efficiency is one integral attribute that I need from my Android device. I want to be able to multitask like a maniac and do things on the fly. While multitasking itself is nothing new, actually being able to watch Netflix while scrolling through IMDB at the same damn time was reserved mainly for newer Samsung-ier devices.
But c'mon, you know our Nexus 7 tablets are up to the task! With a quick mod, you too can have dual windows open with two different apps for some real multitasking. All you need is a rooted Nexus 7, then install Xposed Framework to acquire the mod.
Open up Xposed Installer and go to the Download section. From there, either scroll down or search for "XMultiWindow" by dev Chin-Z. Select it, then scroll down and hit the "Download" button.
After the mod finishes installing, go back to Xposed Installer, go to the Modules section, and stick a check next to XMultiWindow and reboot your tablet.
Once you're back up, head to your app drawer and select XMultiWindow to open the app's preferences. Tap on Open SideBar to get started.
To add apps to your sidebar, go to SideBar Settings -> SideBar App Settings -> Add. Choose which apps to enable for multi-window, then go back into SideBar Setting to adjust the SideBar width.
To expose the sidebar, just pull from the right to left on your screen (try a nice slow pull and drag). You can launch a new app window either from a running app that you're already in (this is the less glitchy way), or launch both apps from the sidebar, if you choose.
When selecting a new app for the new window, you will need to define whether it will be either the top or bottom window. Once displaying two windows, pull down your Notification tray and tap on SideBar Running to remove the sidebar from view.
Some apps will not work properly or act a little glitchy, but I didn't have many issues aside from Google Play (Store). If things get glitchy, just kill the app and you'll be fine.
Yes, it does also work in landscape mode, but instead of spitting windows from top and bottom, it's left to right. Now you can easily watch my YouTube videos while reading my amazing articles at the same time. Boy are you lucky.
It's a really cool mod that let's you maximize functionality, and it looks freaking awesome on the Nexus 7's large display.