Android 6.0 Marshmallow was unveiled not long ago, and the update has hardly reached 3% of the total Android phones in the world. But Google does not rest, and development for the Android 7.0 N has already started. The Pixel C team hinted in the Reddit AMA that Google is working on split screen support for the next version of Android.
The Director of Consumer Hardware at Google, Andrew Bowers, said,
We’re working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish we had, you know, yesterday. But we’d spoil the surprise of N if we shared all of them. Split screen is in the works!
The team also stated that it is working on some small updates ffor Google’s new Pixel C tablet, which will apparently get regular improvement updates like the Nexus security updates. The new tablet does not get always-on “Ok Google” feature, and the option should be included in the next update probably.
The team also accepted that tablet-optimized apps are still scarce for Android. Director of UX for Chrome and Android, Glen Murphy, said,
We’re spending a lot of time working with developers to get better and more awesome tablet apps. But it is definitely a chicken-egg problem, and we think a key driver is awesome hardware.
We appreciate the hard work that Google is putting into its Pixel C. But until those upgrades are pushed out for the tablet, potential buyers should wait for some more time before buying the Pixel C.