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「ColorOS Skills」 Know more about FLEXDROP Feature in ColorOS 11

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INTRODUCTION

Multitasking in Android is limited to split screen feature. In split screen, we can use two apps- one above the another in a split screen view. While we can adjust the the size of each apps by sliding the divider but other than that no customisation available.

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ColorOS 11 introduced a new form of multitasking called Flexdrop. It includes "floating window" and "mini window" modes. In this article, I will describe how to use it and what are the pros and cons of this feature.

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HOW TO USE FLEXDROP?

There are two ways to incite Flexdrop.

1. When you go into multitasking, select one of the two buttons shown below.

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2. Or in multitasking view, open the dot menu to select from floating window, mini window or split screen easily.

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FLOATING WINDOW CHARACTERISTICS

• Floating window can be positioned anywhere on the screen.

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• You can slide it off the screen and bring it back.

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• The floating window will work like the app.

• You can drag and drop a file or photo from the floating window to to another app easily.

• Holding onto the top bar in floating window shows the options to maximize, close or minimise it.

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MINI WINDOW CHARACTERISTICS

• Mini window can also be positioned anywhere but not off screen.

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• It is only useful for showing the status of the app.

• Holding onto the mini window shows the option to close it.

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ADVANTAGES OF FLEXDROP

Drag & drop between two apps

For example: here, I can easily select and drag & drop a file from File Manager floating window to the email compose window in the background.

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Picture-in-picture mode

As Android doesn't have picture-in-picture mode natively, the Flexdrop feature can be used for this function.

While a video is playing in any application, you can make this window a floating window and it will continue playing in the small window!

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DISADVANTAGES OF FLEXDROP

At present, not all apps support Flexdrop features.

• Chrome supports floating window, mini window and split screen all three.

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• Photos app support floating window and mini window only.

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• Setting app supports only split screen.

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• Clock app doesn't support multi tasking at all.

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So it is confusing for us to remember which apps support Flexdrop and which doesn't.

CURIOUS CASE OF CALCULATOR APP

Calculator app doesn't support multitasking. But it has its own mini calculator mode! But this is not the floating window feature of Flexdrop. So along with this mini calculator, you can open another floating window!

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CONCLUSION

For me the usefulness of Flexdrop is mainly to watch videos while I work in in other app. For other usage, split screen feature works well for me.

I have created a YouTube video showcasing "Everything about Flexdrop feature in ColorOS 11". Please watch it here.


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