According to a source, Google will release the Android 6.1 in June, which will bring the split-screen multitasking support. In December, last year, it was revealed that Google’s engineers are working on this feature after the Pixel C team was asked on Reddit if the split-screen support will be added to a future Android version. This feature is already available on smartphones created by some OEMs (LG or Samsung) who built it into their Android skins, so it’s time for Google to implement it into the next major Android update.
Android 6.0 was launched in October 2015, after being unveiled in May, but it didn’t bring many important changes over the 5.1.1 Lollipop. Later, the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow came with a tweak to Do Not Disturb mode, new emoji and the possibility to launch the camera by double tapping the power button. While all the Nexus devices have received the latest update, it isn’t known when the other smartphones will get it, because for now, all manufacturers are preoccupied with updating their devices to Android 6.0, which already started rolling out to Motorola’s Moto X 2014 and many other brands will follow.
If you haven’t updated your phone or tablet to Android 6.0 yet, then you should know that it comes with revamped app permissions; a new Chrome feature; Google Now on Tap; Android Pay (mobile payment system); the Do Not Disturb mode; the New Silent feature; Doze (battery saver) and a new fingerprint APIs, which the developers can use to add into their applications.
Besides the split-screen multitasking feature, Android 6.1 will come with better app permissions, because the current system is very annoying, especially when you want to grant any application the permission to draw over other applications, you will see that you won’t be allowed to change other permission to any application due to security concerns.
Anyway, the rumors say that Android 6.1 will be unveiled in June, at Google I/O conference.