Increase Convenience and Productivity with Android’s Picture-in-Picture Mode

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While Android operating system (OS) advocates have, for the past couple years now, been touting picture-in-picture (PiP) as a new and exciting feature, the idea and the application itself was first introduced on televisions back in 1976.

In fact, during the end of the 20th century and into the early 21st century, PiP was promoted as a premium feature available on the higher-end TV sets of that era.

There were significant drawbacks to the technology, though, among them being substantial bandwidth requirements, and, at the time, there was no way to push a second data stream to the same display device without duplicating the hardware, cabling, and everything else required to deliver the initial content.

In other words, your TV set required two receivers, two cable set-top boxes, and so on, to achieve essentially the same effect that we do today, wirelessly, from one data stream pushed to high-resolution devices that we carry around in our pockets.

Today’s PiP—one content stream playing inside a small box, or window, inside a larger window playing different data—is, in concept anyway, the same as last century’s, but the Internet and micro technology has transformed PiP into something, not only more awesome, but also something actually practical.

With Android’s PiP technology you can, for example, do things like discuss dinner plans with a friend while searching locations on Google Maps, or, perhaps, watch a YouTube video while
replying to your emails. All you need is a smartphone or tablet running Android 8.0 or later.

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