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Google Chrome reported 18x growth in multi-window adoption in foldable and tablets

Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser in the world, and its engineers aim to guarantee that its users have a better experience, no matter which device they use.

The majority of Chrome users have been asking for greater productivity in mobile devices like tablets, phones, or foldables to compare if the functioning of Chrome is the same as that on desktop. To achieve these requirements, the company opted to focus on aspects that facilitate multitasking. Whereas the team designed this for phones too, they intended to concentrate on deploying these capabilities on devices with larger screens, including tablets and foldables.

For a long time, Google has been convincing app developers to improvise their applications to be used on tablets or foldable devices. As a result, Chrome has experienced a large surge of 18x in multi-window use in larger devices. A multi-window option is by the far the greatest capability of Chrome when matched with its productivity on desktop. The Chrome team concentrated on the ability to launch several browser windows alongside, reflecting an emerging need by consumers to multitask on mobile.

The team initially opted to start creating a method for users to run additional Chrome windows next to each other. For this, they made use of 12L tools like the toolbar, as well as the Samsung edge panel.

Workers built the side-by-side capabilities using the singleInstancePerTask startup mechanism. They sought to strike a balance between letting customers access many windows at once and ensuring that the functionality remained functional. A lot of work had to be done to bring the functionality live. The team investigated and researched optimum usability techniques, studied various multi-window operations on widescreen devices, and considered limits to guarantee minimum use of device memory. On researching, they came to know that users can easily use 5 windows at a time so to make that happen they modified the softwares.

Furthermore, Chrome wanted to make it simpler for the users to access the functionality so they decided to build a shortcut option for this feature. They added a New Window option in the menu, available on iPad too. Because of that addition, Chrome multi-window activity increased by 18 times.

With the launch of this feature, Chrome has noticed that the use of the multi-window feature is 42% more on tablets and big screen devices as compared to mobile phones. This indicates that users who own large screen devices warmly received the functions and indeed it was worthwhile to spend time to improve the capabilities of Chrome for such device users.

Many users appreciated the feature by giving a positive review and encouraging the team to do something more like this in the future.


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