Interacting with web links in native apps can disrupt the user's experience of the native app, as the web content is generally opened in full-screen mode in a separate browser window. This disclosure describes techniques that enable users to simultaneously access, or smoothly transition between, native app content and web content. Per the techniques, users are not pushed out of a native app experience when interacting with web links within the app. Rather, interacting with a web link results in web content being shown in a split-screen (referred to as a partial custom tab) alongside native app content. App developers have the ability to set the height of the partial custom tab when a web page is opened by the user. Users can choose to maximize, minimize, or close the partial custom tab to their liking.
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Gallet, Victor; Desai, Chirag; Beverloo, Peter; Conn, Peter E.; Zhang, Shimi; Liu, Xiangqi; Espinalt, Aina Rubies; Sullivan, Theresa; and Choc, Ted, "Multitasking Across Native App and Web Content Using Custom Tabs", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 10, 2022)