technology

picture-in-picture checkup 2020

let’s have a look how to use, why it is useful, what other alternatives are around or how to implement – this was introduced recently in iOS14, appletv already provide this feature, but just in tv app

almost every modern tv got it’s own picture-in-Picture (PiP) and even youtube in browser offers a PiP option with a miniplayer

beginning from api Level 26 the PiP is available for android devices, very useful to navigate with google maps while browse for a new playlist … but:

  • feature support no equal between vendor and app developer (e.g. brave browser doesn’t switch to PiP from fullscreen on honor devices)
  • picturesize is not scaleable, there are just 2 predefined views
  • usability how to open differ from os level or vendor

in my opinion, the best way to view video while doing something beside is splitscreen view with 2 different apps/browsers, although is depends on vendor/app > long press recent apps button on huawei respectively swipe up at samsung with long press relevant app icon to show option, or use app pair from samsungs side panel

with apple’s new mobile os 2020 this feature is finally also available, even your able to make video window larger or pinch to zoom and you got the option to keep audio playing while docking video side and with the benefit of the same behaviour for all iOS devices


copied but well impemented

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android tips & tricks everyone should know

  • android developer – customize your device like a pro, go to settings > about phone and tap the build number 7 times – successful enabled, e.g. select developer options from the main Settings and scroll down to enable force activities to be resizable or speed up your device by slowing down or turning off animation scale

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  • split-screen – android support to open 2 apps at the same time, press and hold the recent apps button, with developer feature enabeld above almost every app work in split-screen mode, move slider up/down to fit your needs
  • chrome bar bottom – easy the use with url and search bar at bottom, right at your fingertips tips – open the url chrome://flags in chrome and enable chrome home
  • quick last app switch – quick double tab the recent apps button
  • picture in picture – overlay an app above another since android oreo, more flexible than split-screen, in full screen mode simply tab the home button, search in settings picture-in-picture to list supported apps – youtube offers pip just with it’s red abo
  • lockscreen message – when device is lost and locked, an honestly finder is able to inform about your contact data, you’ll find the info at the lockscreen

  • screen pinning – quick and easy setup a kiosk mode, just enable screen pinning in settings, tab pin at recent apps button, disable by touch and hold back key

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  • fake gps – to hide or fake the position of your device, select a mock location app in developer settings and try like this