The marvelous feature known as multi-view on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 finally looks to come to T-Mobile users starting December 19th as the carrier has confirmed the news on its support site. This feature allows you to use two select apps at a time. For instance, I could be watching a YouTube video while browsing my Facebook time line at the same time. It’s pretty remarkable.
By select apps, you’ll know that this feature will be limited to most Samsung-created apps, possibly a few Google apps and possibly a few third party apps such as Facebook and Twitter. Verizon users were shocked to find out that absolutely no Google apps, nor Facebook or Twitter, were available to use with their version of multi-view so nothing is guaranteed.
Developers can add code to an APK’s manifest to make the apps compatible with multi-view, but most apps in the Play Store are not coded in this way. You could petition your favorite developers to figure out how to added support and deliver it in an update, but know that it’s not guaranteed to happen, and that it might not be the best solution even if it is guaranteed.
Those who opt to root their devices might have already been enjoying multi-view, and with that would come the ability to use multi-view with any app you download. This is obviously the most ideal setup one could ask for, so if you don’t have a problem rooting your device then it’s something you’ll want to explore.
You might ask why Samsung doesn’t just allow all apps themselves, and the answer is simple — they don’t want to be liable for poor performance, bad implementation of apps or be bombarded with silly questions like why users can’t play Modern Combat 4 will doing their homework in S Note. By limiting apps to carrier and Samsung approved apps they can assure users are using multi-view with apps that work well with the feature.
Thankfully they made it easy enough to manipulate if you’re willing to get down and dirty with your device so don’t be too vexed about it. Other changes in the update will include a fix for an issue where exchange calendar events were not appearing in the built-in calendar, as well as an issue where users were unable to swipe through Gmail messages. The update will roll out over-the-air and via Kies so you should have no issues pulling this one down come Wednesday.