Can you use multiple apps at once on lollipop?

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  1. Victory_Hand

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    What I am looking to be able to do is use an app like YouTube in a small window that ideally I could move around the screen while I use other apps. Does anyone know if this is possible and if so how can I do it on my nexus 5 or 6?

    Note: Ideally I would like to do this without having to root either phone. I have seen something called Halo and X floating window. If the only way to do it is through rooting a device I may also need a link to an idiots guide to rooting ^-^
     
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    Welcome to the forum.. I'm not sure if anything out there yet.. I'd have to check on some of the custom ROMS.. rumors that Google will add such a thing in Android L in future version..

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    Thank you dodger, it would be nice if google put this in as a feature. Would be excellent for nexsus 9 and 6 users with tons of screen space.
     
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    Yup I agree... I've just finally put my first custom ROM on my Nexus 6 and we definitely have the real estate.. I'm going to start searching for any forums threads with such.. Hopefully we get one first before an update..

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Not that it helps you out much if you're already satisfied with your device otherwise, but Samsung's devices have a multi-window feature that allows exactly this type of usage.

    I'm actually surprised that a third party developer hasn't figured out a way to give this functionality, but, like bk, I seem to remember seeing something that multi-window was planned as part of a future official android update.
     
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    Shows how much I know. Haha! Thanks stg!
     
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    As others have said, this sadly isn't a feature in stock Android. Samsung is the only OEM that I'm aware that has this functionality in many of their devices. LG has a split screen feature on some devices that allows you to run two apps side by side, but I'm pretty sure only Samsung allows a floating window that can be moved around (along with split screen).

    It is quite limited, but that's definitely an app that I hope continues to see development. Being able to run multiple apps simultaneous on the screen is something that I absolutely love about Samsung devices. It would be great to have the same functionality available on virtually any Android device.
     
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    Thanks stg. That seems like a quite good app, I tried the lite(free) version just now it seems basic but it does have some good features.

    I'm going to keep looking at different alternatives but its not a bad start until something gets put as standard in the android OS.

    Thanks all for the help :)
     
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