Samsung expands 'Multiwindow' and introduces 'Pen Window' on the new Note 3

One of the killer features of last year's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was "multiwindow," a new capability that let the phone split its sizeable screen between two Android applications. Twelve months on, the Galaxy Note 3 has expanded upon these capabilities and introduced a new windowed app feature called "Pen Window."

Once you've created an app pairing using multiwindow, you can now scroll down the multiwindow bar and select "create" to save that app pairing. It'll then sit at the top of the bar, allowing you to instantly load both apps side by side.  In certain apps, like Messages and Gallery, you can even share content between apps directly — for instance, send a photo over MMS by dragging it from Gallery into Messages.

And Samsung's also introduced windowed apps to the Note series, with a feature called "Pen Window." Selectable from the S Pen's Air Command menu, Pen Window lets you draw a window on-screen using the pen, then populate it with one of a few supported apps.

Check out our hands-on video above for a complete walkthrough.

There are 20 comments

dcjose48 says:

That's actually kinda cool feature. But I will wait for the new nexus phone instead.

When is that due for release

Probably October-November like the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus. Seriously folks, you should see the pattern by now.

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Aaron Watson says:

I am falling in love with the stylus minute by minute.

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D16RR says:

Will there be more than the 3 apps that work with multiwindow on my S3?

ScottJ says:

Yes, there are more than three.

tylerb2002 says:

Yeah I really miss the stylus on my old Palm Treo...ahh, my first smartphone. Special place in my heart for that one.

The S pen offers: Bigger screen with no fat finger in the way. Precise control of a stylus plus hover control. Use the pen button to pull up app menu. Draw a multitasking window the size you want, where you want. Pulling the stylus out turns on the screen. Ignores accidental finger touches. Can't innovate my a$$!

I'll be preordering this one to replace my GS2

Deke218 says:

Does anyone know if the N3 as an IR port?

Yes it does

Deke218 says:

Great. Thanks.

DavidJ726 says:

I think I'm beginning to like the Samsung product line, or at least a part of it... :-) The Note 3 certainly has some very interesting deatures!

Brick21 says:

I agree!

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tylerb2002 says:

Thanks android central for all of the hands on videos! these are great =)

codiusprime says:

Looks pretty useful in some instances. Stoked to get this phone.

markbc says:

Great preview of the updated multitasking feature for the N3. That stylus is really coming into its own! It is very functional. . . although still the N3 is a bit big for my tastes.

AC is racking up the Samsung vids. Why no love for Sony--Z1 anyone?

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NoNexus says:

They will come. I am guessing they had more time with the note. Not to mention there are more features to learn about on the note than the z1

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sk3litor says:

Its one thing to see someone else use it but when you actually start to use the stylus there's nothing like it. You totaly feel justified for buying a note. The most used accessory with a phone is a pen so it makes perfect sense to have one attached to the phone. Plus I dare you to find a note 2 owner with any complaints.

rd_nest says:

Hmm.. nice!

Man I want this phone so bad the note 3 is so nice slick and one sexy phone to bad I'm stuck with t-mobiles s3 that keep restarting randomly

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