Can you run two GPS apps side by side on a tablet?

 

For example, I want HERE on the left for navigation, while Google map on the right to view traffic pattern far far ahead.

does your tablet

wellcum wrote:

For example, I want HERE on the left for navigation, while Google map on the right to view traffic pattern far far ahead.

Does your tablet currently let you run two apps side-by-side? If it doesn't allow that then why would you think you could do two nav apps?

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Yes if your tablet or phone supports multi window display

Both my Samsung S4 Smartphone and Note 8.0 tablet support multi window and yes I can run two nav apps at the same time either side by side in landscape mode or one on top of each other in portrait mode. I also can resize the windows if I want one to be larger than the other as is shown on the note 8.0 grab.

This first screen grab is from my note 8.0 running Android 4.4.2 in landscape mode with HERE on left and Google on right:

http://home.comcast.net/~rjrsw2012/pwpimages/Screenshot_2015...

This second screen grab is from my galaxy S4 phone running Android 5.0.1 in portrait mode with HERE on top and Google on bottom:

http://home.comcast.net/~rjrsw2012/pwpimages/Screenshot_2015...

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Don't have a tablet yet, but

Don't have a tablet yet, but I heard many Android based devices allow side by side app, just not sure what happened if two apps both want to access GPS chip.

Thanks

Samsung are among my top choices.

rjrsw wrote:

Both my Samsung S4 Smartphone and Note 8.0 tablet support multi window and yes I can run two nav apps at the same time either side by side in landscape mode or one on top of each other in portrait mode. I also can resize the windows if I want one to be larger than the other as is shown on the note 8.0 grab.

I agree with the Samsung choice

wellcum wrote:

Samsung are among my top choices.

rjrsw wrote:

Both my Samsung S4 Smartphone and Note 8.0 tablet support multi window and yes I can run two nav apps at the same time either side by side in landscape mode or one on top of each other in portrait mode. I also can resize the windows if I want one to be larger than the other as is shown on the note 8.0 grab.

The Samsungs are the only ones that I know for sure that will work but I'm not sure if all the Samsung tablets support multi window. The other important factor is both my phone and tablet have fast quad core CPU's so that also may factor into how well they can handle two nav apps running side by side. Mine have no problem running multiple apps at the same time.

Keep in mind that in order to have live traffic running on the Google maps window your tablet will also have to have cellular data capability and connection running at all times.

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet has a feature called Multi Window but only items in the Multi tray can run.I know Google maps are there but Here not installed on my tablet.So not sure if it could be added to the Multi tray.This is info from my manual on the features.

Using Multi Window
Use this feature to run multiple applications on the screen at the same time.
• Only applications on the Multi Window tray can run.
• This feature may not be available depending on the region or service provider.
To use Multi Window, on the Home screen, tap → Settings → Device → Multi window,
and then drag the Multi window switch to the right.
Using a split screen Multi Window
Use this feature to run applications in a split screen.
Launching applications in a split screen Multi Window
1 Drag your finger from the right edge of the screen towards the middle of the screen.
Alternatively, tap and hold .
The Multi Window tray appears at the right side of the screen.

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The nav app doesnt have to be in the multi tray to work

On both my Samsung phone and tablet the HERE app in not in the multi tray on either one and it works. Works with both Android Kit Kat and Android Lollipop versions.

You just open the HERE app first in full screen and then hold the back button till the tray pops up and click on the Google map app and drag it to which half of the screen you want it at. After that you can click on either nav app if you want to resize so one is larger than the other.

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

Good info

rjrsw wrote:

On both my Samsung phone and tablet the HERE app in not in the multi tray on either one and it works. Works with both Android Kit Kat and Android Lollipop versions.

You just open the HERE app first in full screen and then hold the back button till the tray pops up and click on the Google map app and drag it two which half of the screen you want it at. After that you can click on either nav app if you want to resize so one is larger than the other.

Thanks fo the info.Have Viago on the tablet so it should also work.Just haven't taken the time to put Here on the tablet yet.Have both on Samsung smart phone .

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

I Never Thought of Running Two Apps Simultaneously

But, now I want to try it.
I will see what I can do with my tablet.
Thanks for giving me something else to try out! grin

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what you heard

wellcum wrote:

Don't have a tablet yet, but I heard many Android based devices allow side by side app, just not sure what happened if two apps both want to access GPS chip.

I have no problems running multiple Android apps that all access the GPS (in reality I think they all access GPS info from the operating system, not all access the GPS chip directly). But I would take exception that many Android devices allow side by side apps, actually very few do. So shop for that feature and don't assume it will be there no matter how expensive the tablet.