How multitasking works on the OnePlus Open

Key Takeaways

  • The OnePlus Open is the primary foldable cellphone from OnePlus, with a novel multitasking function known as ‘Open Canvas.’
  • The Open Canvas function permits customers to have a number of apps open on the similar time, with versatile borders and the power to push apps off to the facet.
  • Along with split-screen multitasking, the OnePlus Open additionally presents floating home windows, offering a complete multitasking expertise.


With the OnePlus Open, the favored Android cellphone maker launched the primary foldable phone underneath its model. And, whereas it isn’t the primary firm to launch a folding smartphone, OnePlus – and Oppo (its mum or dad firm) – have provide you with a fairly ingenious methodology of managing multitasking of their model of Android 13.

It is a combination of multi-window, split-screen and floating home windows, which successfully means you need to use a number of apps on the similar time, with out restriction. In truth, even the borders of the show aren’t inflexible borders. App home windows could be pushed off to the facet, and introduced again in, increasing past the display floor space. It is known as ‘Open Canvas’ and that is the way it works.


Break up-screen completed in another way

For many earlier Android variations and skins from varied producers, break up display meant having 2-3 home windows break up up in a fairly inflexible person interface. OnePlus has most undoubtedly not approached the software program this manner with the OnePlus Open.

You’ll be able to – in fact – have two lengthy vertical app home windows side-by-side in basic split-screen model on the massive inner show of the OnePlus Open. That nearly goes with out saying.

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To activate it you open an app as regular on the massive inner display, and you will see a dock of apps operating alongside the underside of the display. You’ll be able to both drag a kind of ceaselessly used app icons as much as the display to separate it in two, or there’s an ‘apps’ icon that appears like a gray sq. icon with 4 rounded sq. icons inside. Faucet that, or search within the search discipline to your desired app, after which you possibly can drag it onto the display.

To broaden that and add a 3rd, you comply with the identical course of once more, and then you definately’ll have three side-by-side vertical apps operating on the display subsequent to one another. That is the place you see the magic begin, as a result of it pushes a kind of three apps off to the left or proper facet, preserving two in nearly full-sized home windows, with the third off to the facet and never totally on the display.

If you wish to transfer that app again into view you possibly can simply drag the on-screen black break up bars, each of which have three dots that you can faucet, maintain and drag. You’ll be able to even swap app positions by dragging and dropping the app view to vary the order.

That is actually only the start of the expertise although. With any of these apps there is a small gray bar on the high of the app window that you would be able to faucet to disclose a drop-down menu.

Should you hit ‘broaden’ it turns the app right into a full-screen app and drops it under the opposite two apps operating in break up display. With two above within the basic side-by-side view and a 3rd in full display beneath you possibly can slide between the 2 split-screen and one bigger full-screen apps by sliding the horizontal black break up bar. You too can transfer that full-screen app to the place above the 2 side-by-side apps in case you’d quite.

open split screen pop-up menu

I’ve discovered this most helpful when I’ve a video enjoying on BBC iPlayer or YouTube, however nonetheless wish to flick between a few completely different different apps like WhatsApp or Chrome. What’s extra, you possibly can even put it aside as a gaggle and preserve going again to this cluster of apps, after which begin one other one with different apps. It is fairly intelligent.

If ever you wish to take one of many apps out of the cluster, simply open it and faucet that bar on the high of the app and select ‘Full Display screen’. Now it runs as its personal app, away from the opposite two. Or if you wish to simply shut it, hit ‘shut app’.

Floating home windows

In addition to the superior split-screen innovation, there’s the power to have apps open in a smaller floating window too. And there are just a few other ways to launch it.

open floating window mini

Open any app you need in full display, then swipe up slowly and preserve pushing the app view up till you see a semi-opaque rectangular window that claims ‘floating window’ on it. Now launch and that app turns into a tiny floating window.

open floating window action

You too can simply go into the current apps view at any time by swiping upwards and holding the display from the Dwelling Display screen. You will see all of your not too long ago opened apps in smaller playing cards right here. Faucet the three dots subsequent to the title of no matter app you need as a floating window. Within the pop-up menu that seems, choose ‘floating window’.

Now you’ve gotten your app in a small floating window on the display, and you’ll faucet to enlarge it from its miniature measurement simply by tapping the app. From its bigger measurement, you possibly can alter the scale by touching and dragging from both of the underside corners.

open floating window full size

You’ll be able to transfer it anyplace by dragging the highest edge on the centre of the window, or swipe it off the display by dragging it proper to the left or proper fringe of the show. Then deliver it again by tapping the little arrow that seems on the sting of the show.

You too can take it again to full-screen by touching the two-arrow icon within the high left nook of the floating window. All in all, with each the floating window implementation and the split-screen, the OnePlus Open delivers a complete multitasking resolution that units it aside from a variety of different foldable telephones.

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